The USS Rinehart (DE-196) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on October 21, 1943, and launched on January 9, 1944. It was commissioned on February 12, the same year under Lt. Partee W. Crouch’s command with the hull number DE-196 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on July 17, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, New York, France, England, Scotland, Cuba, the Marshalls, Eniwetok, and Hawaii. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to the Netherlands in 1950 where it was renamed HNLMS De Bitter (F807).
If you were exposed to asbestos while in the Navy, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. Asbestos-related diseases are extremely slow to develop, which means by the time symptoms start showing, it is often too late to treat them. Your doctor will conduct a combination of multiple diagnostic tests, including a chest X-ray to see abnormalities in the lung structure.