The USS Whitman (DE-24) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on September 7, 1942, and launched on January 19, the following year. It was commissioned on July 3, 1943, under Lt. Carl E. Bull’s command with the hull number DE-24 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on November 16, 1945. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 16, 1945, and sold for scrapping to the National Metal and Steel Corporation in Terminal Island in 1947. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Whitman received 4 battle stars. Asbestos is a natural material that was widely used in the U.S. shipbuilding industry particularly in the 1940s, ’50s, '60s and ’70s. Its excellent insulating, heat-resistant, non-corrosive, and soundproofing properties made the mineral ideal for engine and boiler rooms, as well as being used within walls, floors, and ceilings in sleeping areas and other parts of Navy vessels. If you have developed an asbestos-related illness and you can provide proof of asbestos exposure while in the military, you are eligible to make a claim for compensation.