The USS Spangler (DE-696) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on April 28, 1943, and launched on July 15, the same year. It was commissioned on October 31, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. W. A. Burgett’s command with the hull number DE-696, and served in the US Navy for 15 years until it was decommissioned on October 8, 1958. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 225 men on board and had its main missions in Bora Bora, Espiritu Santo, the Solomons, Torokina Point, Majuro, Emirau, Manus, Tulagi, and China. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1972. Several months later, it was sold to Zidell Explorations, Inc. in Portland for scrapping. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Spangler received 2 battle stars. Since asbestos was present on the USS Spangler (DE-696), you were inevitably exposed and you may face a higher risk of developing an asbestos-related disease. In the regrettable event that you suffer from a disease, you can recover financial compensation for it from both asbestos trust fund claims and the VA.