The USS Ramsden (DE-382) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on March 26, 1943, and launched on May 24, the same year. It was commissioned on October 19, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. J. E. Madacey’s command with the hull number DE-382 and served in the U.S. Navy for 17 years until it was decommissioned on June 23, 1960. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, New York, Norfolk, Ominato, France, Honolulu, the Panama Canal, Adak, Bizerte, and Boston. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1974, and used as a target ship during training exercises. Before the 1970s, asbestos was considered a wondrous mineral thanks to amazing insulation properties and superior resistance to fire. Today, the dangers of asbestos are much more commonly understood, but a few decades ago, it was heralded for its many qualities, and used in abundance especially in times of war when resources were to be treated with caution. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Ramsden (DE-382), contact a legal practitioner to discuss your possibility of filing a claim.