Navy Destroyers

Throughout history, the destroyer has been an essential part of the United States Navy military operations. During World War II, these destroyers were the homes to thousands of Navy personnel. Along with personnel, each destroyer contained thousands of pounds of deadly asbestos. This asbestos was supplied by companies that knew the asbestos was dangerous and knew that, eventually, thousands of servicemen would contract terrible diseases from exposure to this mineral. But the companies chose profit over safety and hid those dangers from the navy and the servicemen.

Asbestos was used frequently for the insulation of pipes, boilers, electrical fixtures and hull construction. It was also used as a fire retardant material in many areas aboard ship, including non-skid flooring on decks and on bulk head walls. The worst areas on destroyers were in the fire, pump, and engine rooms where insulation covered the pipes and wiring. Some of the personnel most at risk include boiler tenders, electrician's mates, enginemen, machinist mates, pipefitters, and shipfitters.

Many of the companies that supplied asbestos products to the navy have admitted fault and set up trust funds to compensate navy veterans. If you know someone who has mesothelioma, contact us to learn more about your rights.

Below offers a list of some destroyers that were commissioned between 1940 and 1990 and contained risks of asbestos exposure. Personnel aboard any of these ships or civilians that provided shipyard maintenance, repair or deconstruction may have been at risk of asbestos exposure.

United States Navy Destroyers Listing

USS Abbot (DD-629)
USS Albert T. Harris (DE-447)
USS Alcor (AD-34)
USS Aylwin (DD-355)
USS Bache (DD-470)
USS Bagley (DD-386)
USS Beale (DD-471)
USS Bivin (DE-536)
USS Blakely (DD-150)
USS Blandy (DD-943)
USS Blue (DD-387)
USS Calvert (APA-32)
USS Capps (DD-550)
USS Champlin (DD-601)
USS Conklin (DE-439)
USS Corbesier (DE-438)
USS Cross (DE-448)
USS Doyle C. Barnes (DE-353)
USS Eaton (DD-510)
USS Edmonds (DE-406)
USS Edward H. Allen (DE-531)
USS Edwin A. Howard (DE-346)
USS Erben (DD-631)
USS Eversole (DD-789)
USS Eversole (DE-404)
USS Formoe (DE-509)
USS French (DE-367)
USS Frost (DE-144)
USS Gentry (DE-349)
USS George E. Davis (DE-357)
USS Gilligan (DE-508)
USS Grady (DE-445)
USS Hanna (DE-449)
USS Herbert Thomas (DD-833)
USS Heyliger (DE-510)
USS Higbee (DD-806)
USS Jack Wilke (DE-800)
USS James C. Owens (DD-776)
USS John C. Butler (DE-339)
USS John Craig (DD-885)
USS Knapp (DD-653)
USS Lawrence C. Taylor (DE-415)
USS Lee Fox (DE-65)
USS Leland E. Thomas (DE-420)
USS LeRay Wilson (DE-414)
USS Maurice J. Manuel (DE-351)
USS Melvin R. Nawman (DE-416)
USS Newman K. Perry (DD-883)
USS O'Flaherty (DE-340)
USS Oliver Mitchell (DE-417)
USS Orleck (DD-886)
USS Osberg (DE-538)
USS Perry (DD-844)
USS Piedmont (AD-17)
USS Prairie (AD-15)
USS Presley (DE-371)
USS Raymond (DE-341)
USS Rizzi (DE-537)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USS Robert Brazier (DE-345)
USS Robert F. Keller (DE-419)
USS Rolf (DE-362)
USS Rombach (DE-364)
USS Rowe (DD-564)
USS Shea (DD-750/DM-30)
USS Shubrick (DD-639)
USS Straus (DE-408)
USS Wagner (DE-539)
USS Walter C. Wann (DE-412)
USS Witek (DD-848)
USS Abercrombie (DE-343)
USS Alvin C. Cockrell (DE-366)
USS Cecil J. Doyle (DE-368)
USS Charles E. Brannon (DE-446)
USS Chester T. O’Brien (DE-421)
USS Dennis (DE-405)
USS Douglas A. Munro (DE-422)
USS Dufilho (DE-423)
USS Goss (DE-444)
USS Haas (DE-424)
USS Howard F. Clark (DE-533)
USS Jaccard (DE-355)
USS Jack Miller (DE-410)
USS Jesse Rutherford (DE-347)
USS John L. Williamson (DE-370)
USS Johnnie Hutchins (DE-360)
USS Joseph E. Connolly (DE-450)
USS Kendall C. Campbell (DE-443)
USS Kenneth M. Willett (DE-354)
USS Key (DE-348)
USS La Prade (DE-409)
USS Lewis (DE-535)
USS Lloyd E. Acree (DE-356)
USS Mack (DE-358)
USS McCoy Reynolds (DE-440)
USS McGinty (DE-365)
USS Naifeh (DE–352)
USS Oberrender (DE-344)
USS Pratt (DE-363)
USS Richard M. Rowell (DE-403)
USS Richard S. Bull (DE-402)
USS Richard W. Suesens (DE-342)
USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413)
USS Shelton (DE-407)
USS Silverstein (DE-534)
USS Stafford (DE-411)
USS Tabberer (DE-418)
USS Thaddeus Parker (DE-369)
USS Traw (DE-350)
USS Tweedy (DE-532)
USS Ulvert M. Moore (DE-442)
USS Vandivier (DER-540)
USS Walton (DE-361)
USS William Seiverling (DE-441)
USS Williams (DE-372)
USS Woodson (DE-359)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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