The USS Stockton (DD-646), a Gleaves-class destroyer, was laid down on 24 July 1942 at Kearny, New Jersey, by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. and launched on 11 November 1942 sponsored by Mrs. Horace K. Corbin. The ship was commissioned on 11 January 1943, Lieutenant Commander R. E. Braddy in command. The destroyer was decommissioned on 16 May 1946 and placed in reserve at Charleston, South Carolina. It was struck from the Navy list on 1 July 1971. The USS Stockton (DD-646) received 8 battle stars for her World War II service. Asbestos exposure occurs when fibers get lodged in the lungs, irritating the lung tissues and inflaming the air tubes and sacs in the lungs. As the inflammation continues, permanent tissue damage develops. Victims may experience wheezing or a dry cough, which can be confused with allergy symptoms, or victims may feel as though these symptoms will go away over time. These symptoms are generally related to a variety of conditions and that is why it is important to tell a doctor about potential asbestos exposure in the past.