USS Burrows (DE-105) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Burrows (DE-105) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on March 24, 1943, and launched on October 2, the same year. It was commissioned on December 19, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. Robert W. Graham’s command with the hull number DE-105 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on April 26, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Belfast, Derry, Bizerte, Maine, Bizerte, New London, Le Havre, and Southampton. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on September 26, 1950, and transferred to the Netherlands where it was renamed Van Amstel (F-806). Since asbestos is a known carcinogen, any amount of exposure is concerning, but according to the EPA, in general, the greater the exposure to asbestos, the greater the chance of developing harmful health effects. Many of the companies that supplied asbestos products to the Navy between World War II and the late-1970s have admitted fault and set up trust funds to compensate Navy veterans.

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Shipmates on USS Burrows (DE-105)