The USS Reid (DD-369) was a Mahan-class destroyer in the United States Navy before and during World War II. The ship, named for Samuel Chester Reid, a U.S. Navy officer in the War of 1812, was laid down 25 June 1934 by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey; launched 11 January 1936; sponsored by Mrs. Beatrice Reid Power; and commissioned 2 November 1936, Captain Robert B. Carney in command. From 1937 into 1941, Reid participated in training and fleet maneuvers in the Atlantic and Pacific. The ship received seven battle stars for World War II service. Asbestos materials were widely used as insulation on board ships on boilers, pipework, walls, gaskets, turbines, and various other pieces of equipment, and also as soundproofing. So when ships were being built or refitted, asbestos was everywhere, and many Navy veterans could have come into contact with harmful quantities of asbestos dust, even if they weren’t working closely with it.