The USS Lynde McCormick (DDG-8) was a Charles F. Adams-class guided-missile destroyer laid down on April 4, 1958, and launched on July 28, the following year. It was commissioned on June 3, 1961, under Comdr. Ernest S. Cornwall’s command with the hull number DDG-8 and served in the US Navy for 30 years until it was decommissioned on October 1, 1991. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 354 people on board and had its main missions in Boston, San Diego, Yokosuka, Vietnam, Sacramento, Mekong Delta and the Persian Gulf. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 20, 1992, and sunken during training exercises in 2001. While veterans represent only 8 percent of our nation’s population, they account for 30 percent of all known mesothelioma deaths in the U.S. The only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos - a group of fibrous, naturally occurring silicate minerals with unique structure and excellent chemical and physical properties.