The USS Rombach (DE-364) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on March 20, 1944, and launched on June 6, the same year. It was commissioned on September 20, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. Calvert Burke Gill’s command as DE-364 and served in the U.S. Navy for 14 years until it was decommissioned on January 9, 1958. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Okinawa, Boston, Manila, San Diego, Manus, Hollandia, Leyte, and Tsingtao. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1972, and sold for scrapping the same year.
Asbestos fibers can cause scar tissue to form in the lungs over time. Difficulty breathing can be the first indicator that something is amiss. After shortness of breath comes general fatigue. If a person can’t seem to summon the same energy they once had, they should consider whether exposure is possible. When other symptoms such as shortness of breath and chest pain are added, fatigue can also be an indicator that an asbestos-related illness is forming.