The USS Hugh W. Hadley (DD-774) was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on February 6, 1944, and launched on July 16, the same year. It was commissioned on November 25, 1944, under Comdr. L. C. Chamberlin’s command with the hull number DD-774 and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on December 15, 1945. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in California, Pearl Harbor, Ulithi, Okinawa, Saipan, Ie Shima, and San Francisco. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on January 8, 1946 and sold for scrapping one year later.
Throughout the decades, millions of individuals who have served the United States as members of the armed forces have faced numerous hazards during their service, including exposure to toxic asbestos. The U.S. Department of Asbestos Affairs does recognize lung cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma, pleural plaques, pleural effusions, bronchial cancer as service-related medical conditions, and veterans can request benefits from the Veterans’ Administration if they are able to prove that their disease is asbestos-related and occurred as a result of military asbestos exposure.