The USS Metcalf (DD-595), a Fletcher-class destroyer of the United States Navy, was laid down by Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, on 10 August 1943; launched on 25 September 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Harold C. Pound; and commissioned on 18 November 1944, with Commander David L. Martineau in command. The USS Metcalf (DD-595) was decommissioned in March 1946. After berthing at Long Beach, California, from 1 July 1951 into 1960, Metcalf moved to Stockton, California. The destroyer was stricken on 2 January 1971; it was sold on 6 June 1972 and broken up for scrap. Any service member who served on this or a similar Navy vessel before 1980 was most certainly exposed to asbestos. It is tragically ironic that the brave men and women who fought for our country during World War II survived the dangers of military conflict in hostile enemy territory only to face life-threatening illnesses like lung cancer and asbestosis as a result of asbestos exposure while on active duty. To find out what your rights as a veteran or family member of a veteran are for filing an asbestos claim, don't hesitate to contact us, and we can put you in touch with the right attorneys that can help you get the compensation you deserve.