The USS Meredith (DD-726) was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on July 26, 1943, as DD-726 and launched on December 21, the same year. It was commissioned on March 14, 1944, under Commander George Knuepfer’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 months until it was sunken in June. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Boston, Plymouth, Utah, and Baie de la Seine. After the sinking, the ship was rescued and sold for scrapping. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Meredith received 1 battle star.
Asbestos is considered to be the world’s most dangerous mineral. Navy personnel were particularly at risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses because asbestos-containing materials were used in every U.S. Navy ship built from the 19030s to the 1970s. Now any ex-service personnel diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease who were exposed to asbestos during service are eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds and VA claims.