The USS Hilbert (DE-742) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on March 23, 1943, and launched on July 18, the same year. It was commissioned on February 4, 1944, under Cmdr. J. W. Golinkin’s command with the hull number DE-742 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 19, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had its main missions in San Francisco, Saipan, the Marianas, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1972. A year later, the ship was sold for scrapping. For the services brought to the country during World War II, USS Hilbert received 8 battle stars. A diagnosis of lung cancer, mesothelioma, or another disease resulting from exposure to asbestos is life-changing and traumatic. If you’re a Navy veteran who’s been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, your first priority is to find a specialist with expertise in treating your condition. You may consider getting a second opinion and you will work with your medical providers to establish a management plan for your treatment and recovery.