The USS John W. Weeks (DD-701) was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on January 17, 1944, as DD-701 and launched on May 21, the same year. It was commissioned on July 21, 1944, under Commander Robert A. Theobald’s command and served in the US Navy for 26 years until it was decommissioned on August 12, 1970. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Pearl Harbor, Korea, and Ulithi. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register and sunk as a target in 1970. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS John W. Weeks received 4 battle stars. Veterans who have developed asbestosis as a result of exposure to asbestos may also develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as a complication. COPD is a chronic illness associated with an abnormal inflammatory response of the lungs to inhaled microscopic asbestos fibers. Asbestosis is a progressive condition that gets steadily worse. If you or a loved one have a history of asbestos exposure and are concerned about a possible asbestos-related diagnosis, it is extremely important to seek immediate medical attention.