The USS Schroeder (DD-501), a Fletcher-class destroyer, was a ship of the United States Navy, named for Rear Admiral Seaton Schroeder (1849–1922). The ship was laid down on 25 June 1942 by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company Kearny, New Jersey, and launched on 11 November 1942, sponsored by Miss Grace Wainwright Schroeder. The destroyer was commissioned on 1 January 1943, Commander J. T. Bowers in command. The USS Schroeder (DD-501) remained in reserve until 1 October 1972 when she was struck from the Navy List. The ship was sold to Southern Materials Co., Ltd., New Orleans, Louisiana, on 1 January 1974. Although it’s now widely known that exposure to asbestos is dangerous, thousands of Navy veterans worked around asbestos for years without any understanding of the risks. In too many cases, those veterans go decades without symptoms of asbestos-related diseases appearing, which can make the disease even more of a surprise – and makes it challenging to move forward. Navy veterans exposed to asbestos during their military service, may be entitled to financial compensation for their medical expenses decades later. Should you require the support of a lawyer, we can put you in touch with professionals whom we trust.