The USS Stewart (DE-238) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on July 15, 1942, and launched on November 22, the same year. It was commissioned on May 31, 1943, under Lt. Cmdr. B. C. Turner’s command as DE-238 and served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned in January 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Texas, Bermuda, Pearl Harbor, Falmouth, Panama Canal, New England, Liverpool, River Clyde, Casco Bay, New York, San Diego, and Plymouth Sound. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 1, 1972, and used as a museum ship in Galveston since 1974. Anyone serving onboard the USS Stewart (DE-238) was put at risk of developing life-threatening illnesses like bronchial cancer, asbestos-related cancer, or mesothelioma. Insulators, hull maintenance workers, electricians, engine operators, pipefitters, welders, boiler operators, and building renovation and demolition specialists working on the USS Stewart (DE-238) were also at increased risk of developing one of these diseases.