USS Blue (DD-387) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Blue (DD-387) was a Bagley-class destroyer laid down on September 25, 1935, and launched on May 27, 1937. It was commissioned on August 14, the same year under Lt. Comdr. J. Wright’s command with the hull number DD-387 and served in the US Navy for 5 years until it was sunk during the Battle of Guadalcanal on August 22, 1942. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 158 people on board and had its main missions in the Caribbean, San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Wotje, Maloelap, Kwajalein, the Marshalls, and San Francisco. For the services brought to the country during World War II, USS Blue (DD-387) received 5 battle stars.

Products which contain asbestos can generate fibers when they are damaged, disturbed, or repaired. In these circumstances, fibers are released into the air where they can be inhaled or ingested. Regular or long periods of exposure to high concentrations of asbestos in the air can increase the risk of developing a variety of diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma - a rare, aggressive form of cancer.

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Shipmates on USS Blue (DD-387)

nathan frederick asher

cornelius patrick callahan

charles owen comp

duncan p. dixon

william perry ford

albert h. hartmann

harold b. krantz

gerald a. ross

ralph james shirts

george robert tatum

walter h. urmann

harold nordmark williams

willard russell