The USS Roy O. Hale (DE-336) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on September 13, 1943, and launched on November 20, the same year. It was commissioned on February 3, 1944, under Lt. Comdr. William W. Bowie’s command with the hull number DE-336 and served in the U.S. Navy for 19 years until it was decommissioned on July 15, 1963. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in New York, Norfolk, Taranto, France, Newport, Pearl Harbor, San Diego, and Florida. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1974, and sold for scrapping to Union Minerals and Alloy Corporation the following year. Asbestos, the natural fiber of minerals from rocks and soil, was originally hailed as an ideal material and readily used for the unusually strong heat resistant protection it provides, and installed as insulation and fire-retardant for piping, boilers, electrical fixtures, and other materials. Sharing your work history with a medical professional will help ensure that they accurately assess symptoms if they appear. A legal practitioner will also be able to help you determine what legal options you have as a veteran exposed to asbestos while on active duty.