The USS Murphy (DD-603) was a Benson-class destroyer laid down on May 19, 1941, and launched on April 29, the following year. It was commissioned on July 25, 1942, under Lt. Comdr. Leonard W. Bailey’s command with the hull number DD-603 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on March 9, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 265 people on board and had its main missions in Halifax, Norfolk, Fedhala, Maine, Panama and Saudi Arabia. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 1, 1970 and sold for scrapping in 1972. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Murphy received 4 battle stars. Since asbestos was present on the USS Murphy (DD-603), this means that those who served on the ship were inevitably exposed. If you know someone who currently experiences symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, difficulty breathing or unintentional weight loss, it might mean that he or she has developed lung cancer or mesothelioma after they have been exposed. However, regardless of whether they have noticed one or more of these signs, we strongly advise them to seek medical attention as soon as possible, as oftentimes, diseases which stem from asbestos exposure are asymptomatic.