The USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717), a Gearing-class destroyer in the United States Navy during the Korean War and the Vietnam War, was laid down on 23 April 1945 at Kearny, New Jersey, by the Federal Shipbuilding Company; launched on 20 October 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Theodore E. Chandler; and commissioned on 22 March 1946, with Commander Francis O. Fletcher, Jr., in command. The ship earned nine battle stars during the Korean War and eight battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for Vietnam service. On 30 December 1975, it was sold to General Metals, Tacoma, Washington, for scrapping. Although lung cancer, mesothelioma, or bronchial cancer, may not become evident for decades, you may be at risk for developing these devastating medical conditions if you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717). Asbestos is a fibrous, fire-resistant mineral that has been widely used in many products used in the shipbuilding industry, including thermal insulation for pipes, the insulation for a water heater, joint compounds, ceiling tiles, different types of plasters and wallboards.