The USS Thomas J. Gary (DE-326) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on June 15, 1943, and launched on August 21, the same year. It was commissioned on November 27, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. William H. Harrison’s command with the hull number DE-326 and served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years until it was decommissioned on October 22, 1973. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 216 people on board and had its main missions in the Far East, Korea, Japan, Italy, New York, Singapore, Charleston, Pearl Harbor, San Diego, and Florida. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List the same day and transferred to Tunisia where it was renamed, President Bourguiba. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Thomas J. Gary (DE-326), tell your doctor and set up a screening process that monitors for the early signs of asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related illnesses. The sooner the signs of the disease can be detected, the greater the odds that treatment will extend your life expectancy and relieve distressing symptoms.