USS Blessman (DE-69/APD-48) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control RoomDamage Control Room
  • Pump RoomPump Room
  • Propulsion RoomPropulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot MagazinePowder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward RoomWard Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

  • Junior Officers QuartersJunior Officers Quarters
  • Sick BaySick Bay
  • Mess DeckMess Deck
  • ReeferReefer
  • Pilot HousePilot House
  • Admiral's CabinAdmiral's Cabin
  • GalleyGalley


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USS Blessman was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on March 22, 1943 and launched on June 19, the same year. It was commissioned on September 19, 1943 under Comdr. J. A. Gillis’ command with the hull number DE-69 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on January 15, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and it had the main missions in Bermuda, Northern Ireland, Normandy, Luzon, Iwo Jima or Ulithi. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on June 1, 1967. Two days later, it was transferred to Taiwan, where it was renamed ROCS Chung Shan. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Blessman received 3 battle stars.  

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