The USS Woodworth (DD-460) was a Benson-class destroyer laid down on April 30, 1941, and launched on November 29, the same year. It was commissioned on April 30, 1942, under Lt. Comdr. R. C. Webb’s command with the hull number DD-460 and served in the US Navy for 8 years until it was decommissioned on January 14, 1951. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 276 people on board and had its main missions in Tulagi, New Georgia, Guadalcanal, Espiritu Santo, Noumea, Pearl Harbor, New Hebrides, and the Solomon Islands. After the decommissioning, the ship was sold to Italy on June 11, 1951 where it was renamed Artigliere (D-553).
Serving the country in our armed forces comes with inherent risk, but many veterans were unknowingly exposed to hidden dangers when working in certain capacities where asbestos was extensively used. Now, various financial support and compensation options are available to navy veterans afflicted with multiple illnesses that stem from asbestos exposure.