The USS Rudderow (DE-224) was a Rudderow-class destroyer escort laid down on July 15, 1943, and launched on October 14, the same year. It was commissioned on May 14, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. Malcolm W. Greenough’s command as DE-224 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on January 15, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 221 people on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Hollandia, Morotai, Leyte, Lingayen, Staten Island, Borneo, and Okinawa. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 1, 1969, and sold for scrapping the following year. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Rudderow received 2 battle stars. Asbestos, the mineral considered to be highly carcinogenic was recognized for being lightweight and able to resist high temperatures, corrosion, and electricity. It was also cheap, making it the perfect solution for the high demand for ships, particularly military vessels. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Ranger (CV-4), we can refer you to specialists in environmental exposure.