The USS Thaddeus Parker (DE-369) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on May 23, 1944, and launched on August 26, the same year. It was commissioned on October 25, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. Duane R. Stoneleigh’s command as DE-369 and served in the U.S. Navy for 18 years until it was decommissioned on September 1, 1967. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had its main missions in Panama Canal, New York, Newport, Okinawa, Guam, Bermuda, San Diego, Peleliu, Ulithi, and Pearl Harbor. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 1, 1967, and sold for scrapping to Peck Iron and Metals Company in Portsmouth the following year. Prolonged exposure to asbestos fibers may cause asbestosis, one of over 200 types of pulmonary fibrosis which is also classified as an interstitial lung disease. Asbestosis is usually diagnosed by a careful medical history, exposure history and chest X-ray that shows scarring of the lung tissues. This information, along with pulmonary function tests, helps your doctor determine how severe your condition is and how well your lungs work.