USS Francis M. Robinson (DE-220) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Francis M. Robinson (DE-220) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on February 22, 1943, and launched on May 29, the same year. It was commissioned on January 15, 1944, under Lt. J. E. Johansen’s command with the hull number DE-220 and served in the U.S. Navy for 16 years until it was decommissioned on June 20, 1960. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Cape Verde Islands, New York, Gibraltar, Miami, the Caribbean, and New London. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1972. Because of the need to keep the engines and boilers of Navy ships cool during exercises and tours of duty – not to mention the risk of taking on enemy fire – the U.S. Navy relied heavily on asbestos-based materials. As a result, U.S. Navy veterans have one of the highest rates of asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis.

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Shipmates on USS Francis M. Robinson (DE-220)

John Barwinczok

John H. Foley

Malcolm Boyd Fraser

Eugene O. Fulton

Norman G. Gignac

Richard A. Howell

Arthur R. Ironside

Charles L. Jacobus

John Walter Kordziel Sr.

Sam A. McNeil Jr

Charles Kittelle Moore

Edward M. Vecera

Charles Orien Weaver