USS Donaldson (DE-44) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Donaldson (DE-44) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on February 12, 1943, and launched on August 1, the same year. It was commissioned on December 1, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. H. L. Plage’s command with the hull number DE-44 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on December 5, 1945. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 19, 1945, and sold for scrapping the following year. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Donaldson received 7 battle stars. Asbestos exposure peaked in the U.S. in the mid-1970s when hundreds of asbestos products were used in various industries, including shipbuilding, for soundproofing, fireproofing, and insulation. Due to the long latency period, many of the Navy veterans that were exposed prior to 1980 are only now showing symptoms of lung conditions such as breathing difficulties, chest pain or persistent cough, caused by breathing in asbestos fibers. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Donaldson (DE-44), you have a high chance of receiving substantial monetary compensation for the damages caused by this insidious substance.

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Shipmates on USS Donaldson (DE-44)