The USS William R. Rush (DD/DDR-714), a Gearing-class destroyer in the United States Navy during the Korean War, was laid down on 15 October 1944 at Newark, New Jersey, by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Corporation; launched on 8 July 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Dorothy Flagg Biddle, a cousin of Captain Rush; and commissioned on 21 September 1945, with Commander Theodore E. Vogeley in command. The ship took part in 8th Fleet maneuvers off the eastern seaboard into May 1946. In between the Mediterranean deployments, it operated from the Arctic Circle to the Caribbean, homeported first at Newport, from 1954 to 1958, and then from Mayport, Florida, from 1958 to 1964. The ship was decommissioned from the ROK Navy on 31 December 2000. If you or a loved one developed mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer after exposure to asbestos, you may qualify to recover compensation from asbestos trust funds and VA claims. Call us today, and we can put you in touch with an attorney to schedule up to free legal consultation to see if you meet the eligibility criteria for an asbestos claim.