The USS Hissem (DE-400/DER-400) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort launched on December 26, 1943. It was commissioned on January 13, the following year under Lt. Comdr. W. W. Low’s command with the hull number DE-400 and served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years until it was decommissioned on May 15, 1970. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Vietnam, Bermuda, Charleston, New York, Norfolk, Algiers, Azores, Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, Ulithi, Tokyo, Guam, San Pedro, and New Zealand. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 1, 1975, and used as a target ship during training exercises in 1982. Most of the health problems resulting from asbestos exposure have been experienced by Navy veterans, whose activities - like tearing up entire surfaces of asbestos-containing floor tiles and torching or sanding surfaces painted with asbestos-containing paint, - placed them in direct contact with friable asbestos. If you were diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition and you know you had significant exposure to asbestos while serving in the Navy, or working at a shipyard, you may be entitled to compensation from asbestos trust funds and VA claims.