The USS Snyder (DE-745) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on April 28, 1943, and launched on August 29, the same year. It was commissioned on May 5, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. E. Moore’s command with the hull number DE-745 and served in the U.S. Navy for 16 years until it was decommissioned on May 5, 1960. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had its main missions in California, Manus, Saipan, Kwajalein, Nagasaki, Guam, and Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1972. A year later, the ship was sold for scrapping. While its durable properties made it desirable from a manufacturing standpoint, they’re also what made asbestos so dangerous: the rigid asbestos fibers stick in the soft tissue of the lungs, abdomen, or heart making them impossible for the body to break down or dispose of. If you or one of your parents served in the Navy in the 1900s and came into contact with asbestos, you may be eligible for benefits through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.