USS Alfred A. Cunningham (DD-752) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Alfred A. Cunningham (DD-752) was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on February 23, 1944, and launched on August 3, the same year. It was commissioned on December 30, 1944, under Comdr. Floyd B. T. Myhre’s command with the hull number DD-752 and served in the US Navy for 27 years until it was decommissioned on February 24, 1971. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Pearl Harbor, Wake Island, Bermuda, China, Korea, and Vietnam. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on February 1, 1974, and sunk as a target ship in 1979. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Cunningham received 1 battle star, 6 battle stars for Korea, and 7 battle stars for Vietnam. Even the slightest amount of asbestos dust or fibers can lodge in the lungs causing the emergence of pulmonary fibrosis or lung cancer. Many people with asbestos-related conditions say there was a long delay in their diagnosis, and some say that their doctors didn’t take them seriously. If your symptoms persist and you don’t have an explanation, a second opinion should be part of your action plan.

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Shipmates on USS Alfred A. Cunningham (DD-752)

James D. Bastin

Robert G. Burnett

Edward Earl Gillick

John Patrick Leahy

Jb Mahan

Michael Charles Merkel

Lawrence L. Witters

Donald Spitz