The USS Hyman (DD-732) was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on November 22, 1943, as DD-732 and launched on April 8, the following year. It was commissioned on June 16, 1944, and served in the US Navy for 25 years until it was decommissioned in 1969. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Maine, Pearl Harbor, Saipan, Micronesia, Eniwetok, Korea, Ceylon, and France. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 16, 1969, and sold for scrapping.
Machinist’s mates, boiler technicians, water tenders, pipefitters, and damage controlmen could have come in contact with a variety of products that contained asbestos since more than 300 asbestos-containing materials were used in naval ships until the 1970s. Damage controlmen, for example, because they may have worked in all aspects of maintaining the ship, they could have been exposed to the following asbestos-containing products: turbines, engines, valves, grinders, pipe insulation, paneling, hydraulic assemblies, deck covering materials, capacitors, and more.