The USS Newman (DE-205/APD-59) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on June 8, 1943, and launched on August 9, the same year. It was commissioned on November 26, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. W. C. Meyer’s command with the hull number DE-205 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on February 18, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and had its main missions in Hollandia, the Philippines, Leyte, New Guinea, Palawan, Luzon, East Indies, Okinawa, Mindanao, and Cebu. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on September 1, 1964. In the first half of the 20th century, asbestos was a popular material within shipyards, used to insulate hulls, pipes, incinerators, and boilers and in materials such as gaskets, valves, and cement throughout the ship. Those near or in the vicinity of boiler workers, pipefitters, insulators, welders, hull maintenance technicians, damage controlmen, were also at risk for exposure to asbestos fibers.