The USS Holt (DE-706) was a Rudderow-class destroyer escort laid down on November 28, 1943, and launched on February 15, the following year. It was commissioned on June 9, 1944, under Lt. Comdr. Victor Blue’s command as DE-706 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on July 2, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 186 people on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Manus, New Guinea, Hollandia, Mindoro, San Pedro, Boston, New York, and Panama. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 15, 1974, and sold to South Korea where it was renamed ROKS Chung Nam DE-73. Prolonged asbestos exposure, usually over many years, causes lung cancer, bronchial cancer, mesothelioma, and other pulmonary diseases. Inhaling or swallowing asbestos fibers causes severe damage; over decades, the trapped fibers trigger biological changes in the tissue that can cause inflammation, scarring, and genetic damage that sometimes leads to cancer. If you served in the U.S.Navy between World War II and the late-1970s and developed an asbestos-related disease, you may be eligible for compensation.