The USS Martin H. Ray (DE-338) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on October 27, 1943, and launched on December 23, the same year. It was commissioned on February 28, 1944, under Lt. H. V. Tucker’s command with the hull number DE-338 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned in March 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, New York, Norfolk, Naples, British Isles, France, Guantanamo Bay, Panama Canal, Pearl Harbor, San Diego, and Florida. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 1, 1966, and sold for scrapping the following year. A well-known use for asbestos was for insulation due to its natural absorptive and heat-resistant properties. When drilled, broken, or allowed to deteriorate, asbestos fibers can easily be inhaled. Fibers that become lodged in the lining of the lungs and other organs lead to scarring and inflammation that can cause mutations in cells even after 10-40 years of dormancy. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Martin H. Ray (DE-338), you may have the right to pursue compensation from the entity responsible for your asbestos exposure and subsequent suffering.