The USS Lansdale (DD-426) was a Benson-class destroyer laid down on December 19, 1938, and launched on October 30, 1939. It was commissioned on September 17, the following year under Lt. Comdr. John D. Connor’s command with the hull number DD-426 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was sunken by an enemy ship on April 20, 1944. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 191 people on board and had its main missions in the Caribbean, Cuba, the Virgin Islands, Charleston, Iceland, and Nova Scotia. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Lansdale received 4 battle stars.
Service members at high risk for asbestos exposure include those who worked with, handled, damaged or disturbed any asbestos-containing materials. Pipefitters, welders, boiler operators, and Navy seamen who were frequently tasked with removing damaged asbestos lagging in engine rooms, often with no respiratory protection and no personal protective equipment, were heavily exposed to asbestos.