The USS Putnam (DD-757) was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on July 11, 1943, and launched on March 26, the following year. It was commissioned on October 12, 1944, under Comdr. Frederick V. H. Hilles’ command with the hull number DD-757 and served in the US Navy for 29 years until it was decommissioned on August 6, 1973. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in Pearl Harbor, the Marianas, Eniwetok, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List the same day and sold for scrapping in 1974. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Putnam received 3 battle stars. Anyone who served on board the USS Putnam (DD-757) should monitor their health carefully, and consult a doctor if they experience symptoms such as chest pain, difficulty breathing, persistent cough, sudden weight loss, fatigue or anemia. If an asbestos-related diagnosis is confirmed, you may qualify for special benefits from the Veterans Administration and also you may have the right to compensation from companies that manufactured and supplied dangerous asbestos-containing products to the Navy.