The USS Klondike (AD-22) was a Klondike-class destroyer tender launched on August 12, 1944. It was commissioned on July 30, the following year under Comdr. Maurice Edward Hatch’s command with the hull number AD-22 and served in the U.S. Navy for 25 years until it was decommissioned on December 15, 1970. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 826 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Long Beach, Yokosuka, Sasebo, Iwakuni, and Subic Bay. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 15, 1974, and sold for scrapping in 1975. Inside the body, asbestos can cause inflammation, scarring, and damage to the DNA of cells, resulting in a number of illnesses. One of the most serious is mesothelioma - a type of cancer that forms in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. Other asbestos diseases include lung cancer, bronchial cancer, colon/rectal cancer, throat/esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, plus many other types of pulmonary issues. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Klondike (AD-22), we can support you with advice on how to make a claim. Our priority is to signpost you to further sources of support.