The USS Schmitt (DE-676/APD-76) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on February 22, 1943, and launched on May 29, the same year. It was commissioned on July 24, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. T. D. Cunningham’s command with the hull number DE-676 and served in the U.S. Navy for 6 years until it was decommissioned on June 28, 1949. During its activity, it carried a complement of 213 men on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Derry, New London, Hampton Roads, Maui, Borneo, San Pedro, Sasebo, and Labrador. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 1, 1967. Several months later, it was sold to Taiwan where it was renamed ROCS Lung Shan (DE-44). Due to the nature of the work in poorly ventilated areas like ship holds, engine rooms, and boiler rooms, insulators, boilermakers, pipefitters, water tenders, welders, and hull maintenance technicians are the highest risk occupations for exposure to asbestos. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Schmitt (DE-676/APD-76), you can qualify for financial benefits through the VA.