The USS McConnell (DE-163) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on October 19, 1942, and launched on March 28, the following year. It was commissioned on May 28, 1943, under Comdr. D. D. Humphreys’ command with the hull number DE-163 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on June 29, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, San Francisco, Pearl Harbor, Samoa, New Caledonia, New Hebrides, Guadalcanal, the Solomons, Tulagi, Eniwetok, the Marshalls, the Fijis, and Bougainville. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on October 1, 1972, and sold for scrapping in 1974. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS McConnell (DE-163), consult your GP as soon as possible and report any ill-health symptoms. You should also pass on information about the duration of exposure, and ask your doctor to make a record of the potential asbestos exposure. Your GP may also refer you to a pulmonologist for a chest X-ray to find out if you are suffering from an asbestos disease.