USS Bunch (DE-694) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Bunch (DE-694) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on February 23, 1943, and launched on May 29, the same year. It was commissioned on August 21, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. A. A. Campbell’s command with the hull number DE-694 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on May 31, 1946. Meanwhile, the ship was reclassified as APD-79. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 186 men on board and had its main missions in Boston, Derry, Bermuda, Tompkinsville, the Philippines, Okinawa, Kerama Islands, Marshall Islands, Eniwetok, Maine, and San Diego. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 31, 1946. On April 1, 1964, the ship was sold for scrapping. If you are experiencing persistent cough and increasing shortness of breath, please see a doctor immediately, especially if you served in the U.S. Navy between the 1930s up to the mid-1970s. You should also let your physician know about any potential exposure you have experienced and remain watchful for any unusual changes in your health.

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Shipmates on USS Bunch (DE-694)