USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869) was a Gearing-class destroyer laid down on March 14, 1945, and launched on August 6, 1945. It was commissioned on January 5, 1946, under Comdr. Carlton B. Jones' command with the hull number DD-869 and served in the US Navy for 28 years until it was struck from the Navy List on February 1, 1974. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 356 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Guam, Hawaii, Okinawa, and Yokosuka. For the services brought to the country, the USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869) received 6 battle stars for the Korean War and another 2 for the Vietnam service. It is estimated that hundreds of tools and pieces of equipment onboard navy ships contained the asbestos in some percentage and while it did not pose any threats while it was kept intact, once the asbestos was disturbed most commonly during maintenance or repair work, it became airborne and it was easy for personnel to inhale it. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869), you may still be at risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma, and you should make an appointment with your doctor.

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Shipmates on USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869)

Melvin Dean Allen

Arthur Larue Bender Jr.

Matthew Andrew Biss

Roland James Carr

John J. Eichhorn

Francis John Fitzpatrick

Frank H. Gurry Jr.

Earl Francis Lehman

Melville Weston Roland Jr.

James Marshall Scruggs

Jerry A. Craven