USS Eisele (DE-34) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Eisele (DE-34) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on January 23, 1943, and launched on June 29, the same year. It was commissioned on October 18, 1943, under Lt. Cmdr. E. C. Long’s command with the hull number DE-34 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on November 16, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 156 people on board and had its main missions in Pearl Harbor, Tarawa, Okinawa, Palau, Guam, Ulithi, the Gilberts, Saipan or San Francisco. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 28, 1945, and sold for scrapping in 1948. It is well documented that there can be an exceptionally long latency period of 15 to 50 years from the first asbestos exposure and the inhalation of fibers until the appearance of asbestosis symptoms. Recognizing the early warning signs of asbestos-related pulmonary diseases is never straightforward and since these diseases generally affect older adults, early symptoms are often misattributed to age. Seek out a second opinion from a medical specialist that has previously diagnosed asbestos-related diseases, as this could ultimately lead you to the best treatment options and might just save your life.

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Shipmates on USS Eisele (DE-34)

wilbur e. griffin

arthur f. kelley

paul p. schapker

john richard siebold

philip william stephan

william ernest wagner jr