The USS Lawrence (DDG-4) was a Charles F. Adams-class guided-missile destroyer laid down on October 27, 1958, and launched on February 27, 1960. It was commissioned on January 6, 1962, under Comdr. Thomas W. Walsh’s command with the hull number DDG-4 and served in the US Navy for 28 years until it was decommissioned on March 30, 1990. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 354 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, the Great Lakes, Crete, the Yankee Station, the Panama Canal, the Black Sea, the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 16, 1990 and sold for scrapping in 1994.
Navy veterans run a high risk of developing mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that slowly progresses through inflammation, irritation and tumor growth, and includes several other symptoms, including chest pain, tightness, and trouble breathing. If you have developed an asbestos-related illness and you can provide proof of asbestos exposure while in the military, you are eligible for free health care, disability compensation and other VA benefits.