USS Crosley (DE-108) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Crosley (DE-108) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on June 23, 1943, and launched on December 17, the same year. It was commissioned on February 10, 1944, and transferred to Free France on February 11, 1944, where it was renamed Tunisien. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board. It participated in the Operation Anvil-Dragoon and also in the Algerian War in 1956. The ship was transferred back to the US Navy in 1964. In November 1965, the USS Crosley was sold for scrapping. Because asbestos is non-corrosive, the majority of ships' steel pipes were covered in asbestos insulation to protect from rust. Many pipefitters were required to cut, saw, and sand asbestos paper, saw and join pipes or sand down block insulation, and drill asbestos-containing products to fit certain dimensions. These types of jobs cause vibrations leading to asbestos fibers being released into the air and resulting in their inhalation.

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Shipmates on USS Crosley (DE-108)

James F. Collins

Frederick S. Johnson Jr.