The USS Huse (DE-145) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on January 11, 1943, and launched on March 23, the same year. It was commissioned on August 30, 1943, under Lt. Cmdr. W. A. Sessions’ command as DE-145 and served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years until it was decommissioned in June 1956. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Texas, Bermuda, New York, Charleston, Canal Zone, San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Norfolk, and Panama Canal. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List in August 1973 and sold for scrapping in 1974. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Huse received 5 battle stars. Known for its fireproofing properties and resistance to corrosion, asbestos was commonly used in many shipbuilding components prior to the 1970s, including hot water pipes, steam pipes, boilers, turbines, incinerators, valves, and gaskets. The mineral becomes dangerous when the material is disturbed by an impact or breakage, such as during construction or repairs.