The USS Whipple (DD-15) was a Truxtun-class destroyer laid down on November 13, 1899, and launched on August 15, 1901. It was commissioned on February 17, 1903, under Lt. Jehu V. Chase’s command with the hull number DD-15 and served in the U.S. Navy for 15 years until it was decommissioned on July 7, 1919. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 78 men on board and had its main missions in Hampton Roads, Cape Horn, the Caribbean, Samoa, Chile, Peru, Alaska, and Hawaii. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on September 15, 1919. Several months later, on January 3, 1920, the USS Whipple was sold for scrapping. When the tiny abrasive fibers of asbestos are inhaled into the lungs, they can damage the tissue. Over time, this can lead to asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma – an aggressive form of cancer that affects the lungs, heart, and abdomen. Navy veterans who smoked and were also exposed to asbestos have a greatly increased risk of developing lung cancer.