The USS Scott (DE-214) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on January 1, 1943, and launched on April 3, the same year. It was commissioned on July 20, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. Claude S. Kirkpatrick’s command with the hull number DE-214 and served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on March 3, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, New York, Derry, Casco Bay, Boston, Delaware, and South Carolina. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1965. Prior to 1980, asbestos was used in every ship that left our country’s ports. It was considered a miracle material because it did not burn, was hard as a rock, and could be used virtually anywhere. Personnel such as Merchant Mariners, Navy personnel, and other seafarers may have suffered exposure to asbestos while working aboard Navy vessels.