The USS Ordronaux (DD-617) was a Benson-class destroyer laid down on July 25, 1942, and launched on November 9, the same year. It was commissioned on February 13, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. Robert Brodie’s command with the hull number DD-617 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on March 27, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 276 people on board and had its main missions in the Mediterranean, North Atlantic, Southern France, and the Pacific. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1971, and sold for scrapping in 1973. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Ordronaux received 3 battle stars. There are thousands of Navy service members who were exposed to asbestos on the ships they served, and years later they were diagnosed with illnesses associated with asbestos exposure. If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer or other severe respiratory condition, you can file for VA benefits such as VA health care and disability compensation. Veterans with service-connected diseases may also be eligible for compensation from other sources like asbestos trust funds.