The USS Janssen (DE-396) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on August 4, 1943, and launched on October 4, the same year. It was commissioned on December 18, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. H. E. Cross’ command with the hull number DE-396 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on April 12, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Charleston, New York, Norfolk, Maine, the Panama Canal, Pearl Harbor, Florida, Azores, the Caribbean, and Casco Bay. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1972, and sold for scrapping the following year. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Janssen received one battle star. The health effects of asbestos exposure include a wide range of respiratory conditions and cancers. Navy veterans were exposed to asbestos on a regular basis for years, often remaining unaware of the dangers thanks to negligence on the part of companies that made, distributed, and used asbestos.