The USS McCoy Reynolds (DE-440) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on November 18, 1943, and launched on February 22, the following year. It was commissioned on May 2, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. Edwin K. Winn’s command as DE-440 and served in the U.S. Navy for 8 years until it was decommissioned on February 7, 1957. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Panama, Bermuda, Ulithi, Okinawa, Kossol Roads, and Luzon. After decommissioning, the ship was sold to Portugal where it was renamed Corte Real and, subsequently, struck from the Navy List on November 1, 1968. Navy veterans faced countless risks in the line of duty. But one risk that many - especially veterans who served between World War II and the 1970s - were unaware of is the exposure to asbestos. If you have been discharged or released from the U.S. Navy under a condition that is not dishonorable, then you may be eligible for benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs and asbestos trust funds.