USS Eichenberger (DE-202) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Eichenberger (DE-202) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on April 15, 1943, and launched on July 22, the same year. It was commissioned on November 17, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. N. Harrell’s command with the hull number DE-202 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on May 16, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and had its main missions in New Guinea, Espiritu Santo, Milne Bay, Manus, Hollandia, Mindoro, Leyte, and Subic Bay. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on December 1, 1972. One year later, on November 1 the ship was sold for scrapping. All types of asbestos have a fibrous structure that can produce harmful dust if is damaged or disturbed. Because these fibers are too small to be seen with the naked eye they can easily enter the lungs and become trapped in the lung tissues. The tissue around the fibers become inflamed and, eventually, scarred. Diseases related to exposure to asbestos do not appear for several years, possibly 15 to 40 years after exposure.

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Shipmates on USS Eichenberger (DE-202)

Homer Reece Ison

Robert W. Funk Sr.

Joseph W. Hamilton

Robert L. Harris

Frederick T. Kirby

Peter Loeb

Edward J. Wilson