USS Alfred Wolf (DE-544) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Alfred Wolf (DE-544) was an unfinished World War II United States Navy John C. Butler-class destroyer escort. The ship was given the name Alfred Wolf on October 26, 1943, and its keel was laid on December 9, 1943, at the Boston Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts. Alfred Wolf's construction was halted on June 10, 1944, and canceled entirely on September 5, 1944, due to changes in World War II ship building priorities. As a result, the unfinished ship was scrapped on the construction sites.

At least 3.5 million employees in different professions have been exposed to asbestos at shipyards, and radiographically identifiable asbestos fibers have been found in many groups of such workers. The Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts, like many other shipyards in the past, relied on asbestos for many years, placing many of its former employees at great risk of acquiring severe asbestos-related illnesses. Veterans who become ill as a result of wartime asbestos exposure are now entitled to free healthcare and other VA benefits.

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