USS Davison (DD-618) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Davison (DD-618/DMS-37), a Gleaves-class destroyer, was named for Lieutenant Commander Gregory C. Davison (1871–1935). The ship was launched on 19 July 1942 by Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, New Jersey; sponsored by Davison's widow, Alice Shepard Davison; and commissioned on 11 September 1942, with Lieutenant Commander W. C. Winn in command. On 15 July 1955, the USS Davison (DD-618/DMS-37) was reclassified DD-618. Stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 15 January 1972, the ship was sold on 27 August 1973 and broken up for scrap.

Asbestos fibers can be released into the air when material containing asbestos is disturbed, broken, or crushed, such as during maintenance, repair, and in the manufacturing of products that contain asbestos. Because of the fibers’ natural resistance to heat and fire, asbestos was commonly used in a wide range of materials like insulation, floor tiles, paper products, and cement products.

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Shipmates on USS Davison (DD-618)