USS Doherty (DE-14) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Doherty (DE-14) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on February 28, 1942, and launched on August 29, the same year. It was commissioned on February 6, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. A. Jackson’s command with the hull number DE-14 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on December 14, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 198 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Alaska, Pearl Harbor, San Francisco, Guam, Okinawa, and San Pedro. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 8, 1946, and sold for scrapping in 1946. During WWII, the production of naval vessels increased exponentially. By the end of World War II, the Navy’s fleet was larger than all of the world’s navies combined. Workers in the shipyards were exposed to substantial amounts of asbestos putting them at risk for future asbestos-related illnesses. Tons of this mineral were hauled to these shipyards and used in a range of vessels, including aircraft carriers, amphibious warships, battleships, cruisers, destroyers, escorts, frigates, minesweepers, submarines, and merchant marine ships.

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Shipmates on USS Doherty (DE-14)

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