The USS Mayo (DD-422) was a Benson-class destroyer laid down on May 16, 1938, and launched on March 26, 1940. It was commissioned on September 18, the same year under Lt. Comdr. C. D. Emory’s command with the hull number DD-422 and served in the US Navy for 6 years until it was decommissioned on March 18, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 191 people on board and had its main missions in Iceland, Argentia Bay, Boston, Maine, Salerno, and the Philippines. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 1, 1971. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Mayo received 2 battle stars. Prior to 1980, shipbuilders used asbestos-based paint because it was durable and non-corrosive, and insulated ships with fire-resistant asbestos insulation. If you served in the Navy and know you came into contact with asbestos, you may be eligible for benefits through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. If you feel that you may have faced exposure to the toxic material during your time serving the country you can also recover damages from the negligent asbestos companies that harmed them.