The USS Kendall C. Campbell (DE-443) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on December 16, 1943, and launched on March 19, the following year. It was commissioned on July 31, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. R. W. Johnson’s command as DE-443 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on May 31, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Panama, Bermuda, Ulithi, Okinawa, Iwo Jima, and Luzon. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 15, 1972, and sold for scrapping the following year. Thousands of veterans of the U.S. Navy were unknowingly exposed to asbestos during their service. If you’re a veteran who has been exposed to asbestos onboard the USS Kendall C. Campbell (DE-443), and you received an honorable or general discharge, you may eligible for disability benefits from the VA.