USS Brough (DE-148) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Brough (DE-148) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on January 22, 1943, and launched on April 10, the same year. It was commissioned on September 18, 1943, under Lt. Cmdr. Kenneth J. Hartley’s command as DE-148 and served in the U.S. Navy for 17 years until it was decommissioned in June 1965. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Texas, Green Cove Springs, Charleston, Gibraltar, Cannes, Naples, Aden, Athens, Perth, and Barcelona. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 1, 1965, and sold for scrapping in 1967 to Buyer Boston Metals Company in Baltimore. Prized for its fireproofing properties as well as its resistance to heat, water, and corrosion, and because it was such a cheap insulator, asbestos could be found in electrical wiring, sealants, turbines, gaskets, incinerators, boilers, valves, hot water pipes, steam pipes, floor and ceiling tiles. Anyone who served on board the USS Brough (DE-148) diagnosed with any type of asbestos-related lung disease should consider contacting a lawyer to discuss their legal rights.

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Shipmates on USS Brough (DE-148)

Percy Stuart Beaman

Ronald Cooper Carlile

Robert Glen Carter

Melvin H. Dubard

Mark C. Evdemon

Judson E. Goodrich

Robert Greer

Stephan Arthur Hadley

William Walter Harkins

Byron King Jones Jr.

James Pappas

John W. Peters

James F. Shea

Vincent Michael Skrinak