The USS Strickland (DE-333) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on August 23, 1943, and launched on November 2, the same year. It was commissioned on January 10, 1944, under Lt. Comdr. A. J. Hopkins’ command with the hull number DE-333 and served in the U.S. Navy for 16 years until it was decommissioned on June 17, 1960. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Norfolk, Bizerte, Gibraltar, Algeria, New York, Guantanamo Bay, Panama Canal, France, England, and Iwo Jima. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 1, 1972, and sold for scrapping in 1974. Studies have shown that once these extremely small particles are inhaled, they can penetrate cells in the lining of the lungs and become stuck there. The body’s defense mechanisms build up scar tissue around them, which can eventually stiffen lungs causing significant breathing difficulties or disability. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Fillmore, you might be able to take legal action against the asbestos manufacturers responsible for your suffering.