The USS Trumpeter (DE-180) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on June 7, 1943, and launched on September 19, the same year. It was commissioned on October 16, 1943, under Lt. Cmdr. John R. Litchfield's command as DE-180, and served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on December 5, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Pearl Harbor, New England, Norfolk, Azores, New London, Guantanamo, San Diego, Panama Canal, and Boston. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1973, and sold for scrapping to the Boston Metals Company in Baltimore the following year. Service members who worked with, handled, damaged, or disturbed asbestos-containing materials may have been exposed to asbestos as a result. Pipefitters, welders, boiler operators, hull technicians, and damage control petty officers who were exposed to asbestos in the course of their life are at risk of developing chronic lung conditions caused by inhaling asbestos fibers.