The USS McAnn (DE-179) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on May 17, 1943, and launched on September 5, the same year. It was commissioned on October 11, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. Charles F. Hooper’s command with the hull number DE-179 and served in the U.S. Navy for one year until it was decommissioned on August 15, 1944. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Rhode Island, Norfolk, Florida, Coco Solo and South Carolina. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to Brazil and renamed Bauru. Navy jobs like boiler tenders, engine mechanics, shipfitters, pipefitters, water tenders, welders, and hull maintenance technicians have been identified as carrying an increased risk of asbestos exposure. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS McAnn (DE-179) and would like to talk to someone about what you can do about it, please get in touch.