USS Finnegan (DE-307) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Finnegan (DE-307) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on July 5, 1943, and launched on February 22, the following year. It was commissioned on August 19, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. Hoffman’s command as DE-307 and served in the U.S. Navy for one year until it was decommissioned on November 27, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 198 people on board and had its main missions in Midway Island, Charleston, Saipan, Iwo Jima, Espiritu Santo, Ulithi, Okinawa, and Eniwetok. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 19, 1945, and sold for scrapping in 1946. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Finnegan received 3 battle stars. Over 300 asbestos-related products were used onboard ships until the 1970s when the danger of exposure to this toxic material became more widely known. Shipbuilding in this country diminished somewhat after the Second World War; nonetheless, thousands of Navy veterans eventually fell ill and even died from exposure. If you are a veteran who has been exposed to asbestos onboard the USS Finnegan (DE-307) and developed an asbestos-related disease, such as lung cancer, bronchial cancer, asbestosis, or mesothelioma, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical expenses.

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Shipmates on USS Finnegan (DE-307)

George W. Brown Jr.

Howard Earl Cleary

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