USS Bassett (APD-73) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Bassett (APD-73) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on November 28, 1943, and launched on January 15, 1944. It was commissioned as a high-speed transport on February 23, 1945, under Lt. Comdr. Harold J. Theriault’s command with the hull number APD-73 and served in the U.S. Navy for 8 years until it was decommissioned on November 26, 1957. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 186 men on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Hawaii, Eniwetok, Guam, Ulithi Atoll, Hollandia, the Philippines, Brunei, and British Honduras. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 1, 1966. An overwhelming majority of the veterans who served in the U.S. Navy between World War II and the late-1970s entered in contact with asbestos while on active duty. Anyone who served onboard the USS Bassett (APD-73) should consult a doctor if they experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, dry cough or wheezing, chest pain or tightness.

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Shipmates on USS Bassett (APD-73)

Ollian A. Cline

Elmer Roland Francis Jr.

Earle R. Houghtaling

Claude Warren Johnson

Roger C. Metz

Charles Leo Nagle III

Carol Dean

Daniel Peter Petit

Robert A. Pettitt

Sabatino Pignone

Thomas C. Slater

Lyman Paul Webster

Leon Peter Wren