The USS Sturtevant (DE-239) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on July 15, 1942, and launched on December 3, the same year. It was commissioned on June 16, 1943, under Lt. Cmdr. Frederick W. Hawes’ command as DE-239 and served in the U.S. Navy for 17 years until it was decommissioned in June 1960. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Texas, Bermuda, Pearl Harbor, Casablanca, Gibraltar, Derry, Liverpool, Cardiff, Casco Bay, New York, San Diego, and Rhode Island. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 1, 1972, and sold for scrapping to National Metal and Steel Corporation in Terminal Island the following year. Known for its resistance to heat, fire, water, and corrosion, asbestos was used in virtually all areas of the Navy ships from bow to stern. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Sturtevant (DE-239), you may be entitled to monetary compensation to help you cover current and future medical bills.