The USS Micka (DE-176) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on May 3, 1943, and launched on August 22, the same year. It was commissioned on September 23, 1943, under Lt. G. C. Spencer’s command with the hull number DE-176 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on June 14, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had its main missions in New York, Brazil, Recife, Algeria, South Carolina, and Pearl Harbor. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1965, and sold for scrapping two years later. If you served in the U.S. Navy and experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, persistent cough, and tightness in your chest, it is possible that you suffered prolonged exposure to asbestos. While this is unfortunate, you may be entitled to benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs. If you have any questions about asbestos exposure in the Navy, please do not hesitate to contact us.