The USS Walke (DD-416), a World War II-era Sims-class destroyer in the service of the United States Navy, was laid down by the Naval Shipyard at Boston in Massachusetts on 31 May 1938, launched on 20 October 1939, and commissioned on 27 April 1940. The destroyer began an overhaul at the Boston Navy Yard on 25 November 1941 and completed it on 7 December 1941, the on which Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and thrust the United States into war in the Pacific. Departing the yard on that day, the ship reached Norfolk on 12 December, via Casco Bay, and remained there until 16 December when it sailed for the Panama Canal and the Pacific. The USS Walke (DD-416) received three battle stars for her World War II service. Those who served aboard the USS Walke (DD-416) may have been exposed to asbestos. The boiler rooms, engine rooms, navigation rooms, weapons and ammunition storage rooms, and even meal halls and sleeping quarters were all places where asbestos was present. Even if you were not in high-risk areas while serving on the USS Walke (DD-416), you may have been exposed to asbestos fibers.