The USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729) was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on September 11, 1943 as DD-729 and launched on February 12, the following year. It was commissioned on May 2, 1944 under Commander Francis T. Williamson’s command and served in the US Navy for 27 years until it was decommissioned on February 12, 1971. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Ulithi, Luzon, Okinawa, Formosa, Korea, Thailand, and Australia. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on February 12, 1971 and sold to Taiwan.
Anyone who served onboard navy vessels and has been exposed to asbestos, in any capacity, should inform their physician immediately of such exposure. Asbestos exposure is very dangerous to human health and can lead to serious diseases including lung cancer, asbestosis, malignant mesothelioma, and many other severe conditions. In most cases, symptoms don’t start to develop until a long period of time after the initial exposure. Sadly, delayed adverse health effects of past exposure mean that most veterans have an extremely poor prognosis.