USS Eisner (DE-192) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Eisner (DE-192) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on September 23, 1943, and launched on December 12, the same year. It was commissioned on January 1, 1944, under Lt. Comdr. D. McVickar’s command with the hull number DE-192 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on July 15, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had its main missions in Galveston, Texas, Norfolk, Recife, Eniwetok, and Ulithi. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck on March 7, 1951, and transferred to the Netherlands the same year. Asbestos is a fibrous material that, when disturbed, releases fibers into the environment. When these are breathed in, they can become embedded in the lungs. Depending on the level of exposure, these fibers can cause scarring or inflammation which can lead to the development of cancer. This is why pipefitters, boiler workers, steamfitters, engine room mechanics, electricians, insulators, maintenance workers, sheet metal workers, welders, hull technicians, seabees, radiomen, and other naval service members, are at a high risk of developing asbestos-related conditions, as they worked with, handled, damaged, or disturbed asbestos-containing materials as part of their jobs.

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Shipmates on USS Eisner (DE-192)