USS Blair (DE-147) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Blair (DE-147) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on January 19, 1943, and launched on April 6, the same year. It was commissioned on September 13, 1943, under Lt. Cmdr. Alden J. Laborde’s command as DE-147 and served in the U.S. Navy for 17 years until it was decommissioned on June 15, 1960. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Texas, Green Cove Springs, Charleston, Bermuda, Cherbourg, Horta, Portland, Liverpool, San Pedro, and Balboa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 1, 1972, and sold for scrapping in 1974 to West Waterway Lumber Company in Seattle. Asbestosis is a chronic lung condition caused by asbestos fibers that irritate the lung cells, causing the growth of scar-like tissue in the lungs and in the pleural membrane that surrounds the lungs. Since the disease cannot be cured, treatment focuses on managing symptoms and maintaining quality of life. One of the most common treatments is the use of an oxygen mask for people who have difficulty breathing and can’t get enough oxygen naturally.

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Shipmates on USS Blair (DE-147)

Juan D. Cepeda

Lawrence L. Dowell

Walter Moore Gadsby Jr.

Raymond E. Gill Sr.

Dale J. Harmon

Lloyd Thomas Harris Jr.

William Valentine Hoffman Jr.

Charles Leo Nagle

Joe Salgado

James W. Sealey Jr.

Jesse Leroy Wilkins Jr.