The USS Swearer (DE-186) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on August 12, 1943, and launched on October 31, the same year. It was commissioned on November 23, 1943, with the hull number DE-186 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on February 25, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had its main missions in Hawaii, Eniwetok, Kwajalein, Ulithi, Truk, Sata-wan, Ponape, Yap, Palau, Manus, the Marianas, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck on October 20, 1950, and transferred to France. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Swearer received 9 battle stars. Asbestos’s strength, flexibility, and heat resistance made it the answer to everything the military needed. It was used in a wide range of materials and products that ended up in large sections of Navy ships. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Swearer (DE-186), you may qualify for various forms of monetary and health care benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.