The USS Mayrant (DD-402) was a Benham-class destroyer laid down on April 15, 1937, and launched on May 14, 1938. It was commissioned on September 13, the following year under Lt. Comdr. E. A. Taylor’s command with the hull number DD-402 and served in the US Navy for 7 years until it was decommissioned on August 28, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 184 people on board and had its main missions in Boston, Iceland, Halifax, South Africa, Scapa Flow, Palermo, and Okinawa. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Mayrant (DD-402) received 3 battle stars.
Many brave heroes already risked their lives once serving in the U.S. Navy. Sadly, their lives are still at risk of asbestos-related condition due to the extensive use of asbestos products aboard Navy vessels. Diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma can take a long time to develop, but once they have got the stage where symptoms are present, the diseases can’t be cured and life expectancy can be few months to a couple of years. If a veteran dies of a service-connected illness, certain members of their family are eligible for monthly compensation.