The USS Holder (DE-401) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on October 6, 1943, and launched on November 27, the same year. It was commissioned on January 18, 1944, under Lt. Comdr. G. Cook’s command with the hull number DE-401 and served in the U.S. Navy for a few months until it was destroyed by a German aircraft on April 11, 1944. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Algeria. After the damage, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 23, 1944. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Holder received one battle star. For many years, asbestos was considered to be an ideal material for use in the shipbuilding industry, because of its flexibility, durability, and resistance to heat, fire, electrical current, and chemicals and has been used extensively in nearly all of the components of Navy ships. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Holder (DE-401), you may be entitled to compensation from trust funds that have been created to compensate victims of exposure and their loved ones.