The USS Tills (DE-748) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on June 23, 1943, and launched on October 3, the same year. It was commissioned on August 8, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. James L. Brooks’ command with the hull number DE-748 and served in the U.S. Navy for 18 years until it was decommissioned on September 23, 1968. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had its main missions in California, Hawaii, the Marshalls, Eniwetok, Saipan, Oahu, Pearl Harbor and Ulithi. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 23, 1968. A year later, the ship was sunk as a target during some training exercises. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Tills (DE-748) received 3 battle stars and many awards. One of the most common places to find asbestos on naval ships is in the whitish, cloth-like wrapping around boilers, piping, ducts, and wiring. Scientists have shown that diseases stemming from inhaling the microscopic fibers of asbestos, can remain in the lungs throughout life. Asbestos-related diseases can take decades to develop, typically presenting no symptoms until many years after initial exposure.