The USS Cromwell (DE-1014) was a Dealey-class destroyer escort laid down on August 3, 1953, and launched on June 4, 1953. It was commissioned on June 3, 1954, under Lt. Comdr. E. J. Cummings’ command with the hull number DE-1014 and served in the U.S. Navy for 18 years until it was struck from the Navy List on July 5, 1972. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 170 people on board and had its main missions in Rhode Island, Iceland, Virgin Islands, France, the Panama Canal, South America, the Marines or North Carolina. After the striking, the ship was sold for scrapping on June 15, 1973.
Although an essential component of the naval fleet, Dealey-class destroyers pose a lasting health risk to Navy personnel serving on them. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Cromwell (DE-1014), you should seek immediate medical attention in order to detect possible health consequences associated with asbestos exposure.