USS Charles Berry (DE-1035) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Charles Berry (DE-1035) was a Claud Jones-class destroyer escort laid down on October 29, 1958, and launched on March 17, 1959. It was commissioned on November 25, 1959, under Lt. Comdr. R. C. Robinson’s command with the hull number DE-1035 and served in the U.S. Navy for 15 years until it decommissioned on January 31, 1974. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 171 men on board and had its main missions in Pearl Harbor. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to Indonesia where it was renamed KRI Martadinata (DE-342). The ship was active within the Indonesian waters until September 8, 2005, when it was decommissioned. Asbestos exposure may only occur when the asbestos-containing materials are disturbed in some way to release particles and fibers into the air. Ventilation was often poor below deck and particularly in the boiler and engine room areas and when asbestos dust was emitted during maintenance and repair jobs, Navy personnel present in the working area was at risk of inhaling small-sized particles that lodge themselves within the lungs irritating them constantly.

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Shipmates on USS Charles Berry (DE-1035)

Emilio A. Arbues

John J.W. Adams

Mac Christy Jr.

Robert Roy Deptula

John Carroll Hipps

Dempster Mckee Jackson

Benjamin D. Jacobe

Arthur Ross Johnson

Leon Arbraham Justus

Arthur Ross Johnson

Martin Warren Mellor

Barry Neal Millen

Robert C. Oster

Richard Alan Roberts

Donald Franklin Russell