The USS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) was a Bagley-class destroyer laid down on October 28, 1935, and launched on October 31, 1936. It was commissioned on October 14, the following year under Lt. Comdr. H. R. Thurber’s command with the hull number DD-390 and served in the US Navy for 9 years until it was decommissioned on August 29, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 158 people on board and had its main missions in Pearl Harbor, South Pacific, Savo Island, Brisbane, New Georgia, and Eniwetok. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on April 5, 1948.
Asbestosis or diffused pulmonary fibrosis is the most common condition caused by exposure to asbestos. Symptoms of this condition don’t appear until many years after continuous exposure. When symptoms begin to show, the diseases can develop quickly and your health will deteriorate just as fast. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Ralph Talbot (DD-390), you may be eligible for free health care, disability compensation and other VA benefits no matter how old you are.