The USS Lawrence C. Taylor (DE-415) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on December 20, 1943, and launched on January 29, the following year. It was commissioned on May 13, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. R. Cullinan’s command as DE-415 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on April 23, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had its main missions in New York, Pearl Harbor, Lingayen Gulf, Tokyo, Okinawa, Leyte, and Iwo Jima. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 1, 1972, and sold for scrapping the following year. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Lawrence C. Taylor received 7 battle stars. Although the U.S. Navy stopped filling new ships with asbestos in the 1970s, the mineral continues to have life-long impacts on those who have been exposed. Contact your doctor if you notice one of these signs and symptoms: an ongoing cough, shortness of breath, especially with physical activity, wheezing or whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe, chest tightness.