USS Dufilho (DE-423) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Dufilho (DE-423) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on January 31, 1944 and launched on March 9, the same year. It was commissioned on July 21, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. A. H. Nienau’s command as DE-423 and served in the U.S. Navy for two years until it was decommissioned on May 14, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Morotai, Manus, Casablanca, Okinawa, Hong Kong and Tarakan. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 1, 1972 and sold for scrapping the following year. It is vital to understand that if you or a family member once served in the U.S. Navy and have received an asbestos-related diagnosis, you can file a claim for compensation. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes most diseases that occur as a consequence of military asbestos exposure as being eligible for disability benefits. Besides the VA benefits, Navy veterans can also file a claim against the companies responsible.

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Shipmates on USS Dufilho (DE-423)

Charles L. Herr

Chester F. Wesolowski

Rix N. Yard