The USS Marchand (DE-249) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on December 30, 1942, and launched on March 20, the following year. It was commissioned on September 8, 1943, under Lt. Cmdr. G. F. Lynch’s command as DE-249 and served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on April 15, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Texas, Norfolk, Casablanca, Charleston, Bermuda, New York, Pearl Harbor, and Boston. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 2, 1971, and sold for scrapping on January 30, 1974. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Marchand (DE-249), we recommend that you go see a doctor and do lung screenings to find out if you have asbestos fibers in your lungs. A chest X-ray is needed to find out if signs like scarring, nodules, or lung spots - the first indications that the asbestos fibers are present - exist in your lungs. The fibers can travel through your body and cause cancer and other problems not only related to the lungs.