USS Doyle C. Barnes (DE-353) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Doyle C. Barnes (DE-353) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on January 11, 1944, and launched on March 4, the same year. It was commissioned on July 13, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. J. P. Ingle’s command as DE-353 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on January 15, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, New Guinea, Hollandia, San Pedro, Borneo, Okinawa, Manila, Tsingtao, Shanghai, and San Diego. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 1, 1972, and sold for scrapping the following year. Known for its strength and heat resistance, asbestos became extremely popular in shipbuilding between 1940 and the 1980s. Companies manufactured, distributed, supplied, and sold asbestos-containing products knowing the risks involved. Because of this, those exposed to asbestos while serving in the U.S. Navy are now at high risk of developing asbestos-related cancers and respiratory conditions and may have legal rights against the manufacturers of asbestos.

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Shipmates on USS Doyle C. Barnes (DE-353)

Kew J. Chung

William Edward Northcutt

Dale C. Stockslager