USS Corbesier (DE-438) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Corbesier (DE-438) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on November 4, 1943, and launched on February 13, the following year. It was commissioned on March 31, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. W. B. Porter’s command as DE-438 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on July 2, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Guam, Manus, Ulithi, Okinawa, Kossol Roads, and Eniwetok. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 1, 1972, and sold for scrapping in 1973. According to the VA, any veteran exposed to asbestos during their time in the armed forces who develops an asbestos-related illness is eligible for VA benefits. In order to process asbestos-related claims, there are few eligibility requirements. First of all, veterans must have been exposed to asbestos while serving in the armed forces. Also, they must have a disease connected to the asbestos exposure that took place during military service and must have been discharged under all conditions except dishonorable.

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Shipmates on USS Corbesier (DE-438)