The USS Oswald A. Powers (DE-542) was a United States Navy John C. Butler-class destroyer escort launched during World War II. It was laid down at the Boston Navy Yard at Boston, Massachusetts, on 18 November 1943 and launched on 17 December 1943, and sponsored by Mrs. Ella M. Powers. On 30 August 1945, the ship was assigned to the Atlantic Inactive Fleet in an incomplete state. On 7 January 1946, the contract for its construction was canceled, and the incomplete ship was sold on 17 June 1947 to the John J. Duane Company of Quincy, Massachusetts, for scrapping. The United States Navy is the military service with the greatest rate of asbestos use, with the mineral being utilized on almost every ship for much of the twentieth century. If you were exposed to asbestos while serving in the military and developed mesothelioma, you may be eligible for financial and medical benefits via the Department of Veterans Affairs in the United States (VA).