The USS Sterett (DD-407) was a Benham-class destroyer laid down on December 2, 1936, and launched on October 27, 1938. It was commissioned on August 15, the following year under Lt. Comdr. Atherton Macondray’s command with the hull number DD-407 and served in the US Navy for 6 years until it was decommissioned on November 2, 1945. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 251 people on board and had its main missions in Charleston, Cuba, Maine, Iceland, Malta and Guadalcanal. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on February 25, 1947, and sold for scrapping the same year. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Sterett received 12 battle stars, the United States Presidential Unit and the Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation. If you were discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions and if you have enough medical evidence in your file to support your claim - test results, doctor and hospital reports, and you can provide proof of asbestos exposure while in the military, then you may qualify for VA health care benefits. The VA also provides other benefits, such as the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation for the surviving spouses of veterans who lost their lives because of a service-connected condition.