The USS John M. Bermingham (DE-530) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on October 14, 1943, and launched on November 17, the same year. It was commissioned on April 8, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. M. Beerman’s command as DE-530 and served in the U.S. Navy for one year until it was decommissioned on October 16, 1945. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 1, 1945, and sold for scrapping the following year. Asbestos is a naturally occurring, fibrous mineral that once was used extensively throughout the United States to help insulate, fireproof and strengthen boilers, hot steam pipes, fuel lines to pumps, turbines, compressors, condensers, and to form gaskets for exhaust systems, connectors, and manifolds. It was cost-effective and versatile, woven into fabric, and mixed with many different materials to provide fire-proofing, insulation, and strength. There were more than 300 products commonly found aboard every ship built and used between World War II and the late- 1970s.