USS Fleming (DE-32) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Fleming (DE-32) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on December 24, 1942, and launched on June 16, the following year. It was commissioned on September 18, 1943, under Lt. Cmdr. R. J. Toner's command with the hull number DE-32 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on November 15, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 198 people on board and had its main missions in Pearl Harbor, Tarawa, Okinawa, Eniwetok, Guam, Ulithi, Tinian, Saipan, and Makin. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 28, 1945, and sold for scrapping in 1948. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the ship received 4 battle stars. Asbestos-related pulmonary conditions can sometimes be misdiagnosed as less serious respiratory conditions such as chronic bronchitis, or asthma. General practitioners or primary care physicians play a key role in facilitating the diagnosis of asbestos-related pulmonary diseases by referring patients with concerning symptoms to a pulmonologist. If you have been exposed to asbestos and have an ongoing cough, shortness of breath, especially with physical activity, wheezing or a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe, and chest tightness, please see a health care provider right away.

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Shipmates on USS Fleming (DE-32)

Robert Karl Driscoll

William E. Gilmore

Howard M. Leach Jr.

Ralph Jackson McIntyre

John William Sterner

Oscar Valdez