The USS Lofberg (DD-759) was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on November 4, 1943, and launched on August 12, the following year. It was commissioned on April 26, 1945, under Comdr. R. O. Beer’s command with the hull number DD-759 and served in the US Navy for 26 years until it was decommissioned on January 15, 1971. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in Okinawa, Shanghai, Tsingtao, Wonsan, Formosa Straits, and South Vietnam. For much of the 20th century, shipbuilders frequently used products containing asbestos in the construction of military ships. On aircraft carriers, battleships, destroyers, submarines, and countless other ships and military boats, asbestos was used in hundreds of applications. Navy veterans have the highest risk of developing asbestos-related diseases and the blame lies with those companies that made thousands of products containing asbestos and that knowingly supplied those dangerous products to the Navy. In spite of the medical warnings that had been made even as far back as the 1940s, they continued to manufacture asbestos-filled products used in the processes to build and maintain military vessels.