The USS Luce (DD-522) was a Fletcher-class destroyer laid down on August 24, 1942, and launched on March 6, the following year. It was commissioned on June 21, 1943, under Comdr. D. C. Varian’s command with the hull number DD-522 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years before it was sunk by torpedoes on May 4, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in Subic Bay, Luzon, Kurile, Manus, Leyte, Attu, Okinawa and San Francisco. For the service brought to the country during World War II, the USS Luce received 5 battle stars.
During and in the years following World War II, large quantities of asbestos went through shipyards into new ships and out of refurbished and decommissioned ships. Asbestos is largely viewed as a great concern when microscopic fibers are released into the air. Once inhaled, the fibers are lodged into the lungs or body tissues, where they remain in place causing severe diseases over the years.