The USS Sigsbee (DD-502), a Fletcher-class destroyer, was laid down on 22 July 1942 by Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Kearny, New Jersey; launched on 7 December 1942; sponsored by Mrs. A. O. Fischer; and commissioned on 23 January 1943, Commander Benjamin V. Russell in command. On 31 March 1947, Sigsbee was placed in reserve, out of commission, with the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. On 1 December 1974, she was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register, and on 31 July 1975 the ship was sold and broken up for scrap. The ship was awarded 11 battle stars for World War II service. Depending on the length of time exposed, symptoms can range from mild to severe. These symptoms typically appear in individuals anywhere from 10 to 40 years after the initial exposure. As the symptoms are usually tied to other respiratory diseases, quick recognition is critical. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Sigsbee (DD-502), it’s wise to be alert to the dangers of asbestos exposure, and consult a doctor if you experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, persistent dry cough, wheezing, chest pain, or tightness.