USS Frazier (DD-607) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Frazier (DD-607) was a Benson-class destroyer launched on March 17, 1942. It was commissioned on July 30, the same year under Lt. Comdr. Frank Virden’s command with the hull number DD-607 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on April 15, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 276 people on board and had its main missions in Efate, Noumea, Kiska, Solomon Islands, Espiritu Santo, Attu, Gilbert Islands, and Wellington. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1971 and sold for scrapping the following year. Generally, those who develop asbestos-related diseases show no sign of illness for a long time after their first exposure. It can take approximately 20 years or more for symptoms of an asbestos-related condition to appear. There may not be symptoms in the early stages of the illnesses but many people will go on to develop symptoms which may include persistent cough, persistent breathlessness, chest pain, recurring chest infection, loss of appetite and weight loss. If you have been exposed to high levels of asbestos at any point in your life, please see your doctor.

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Shipmates on USS Frazier (DD-607)

Edmond J. Anuszczyk

Therman L. Butts

Frederick Dainy Gettmann

Kenneth A. Howard

John L. Johnson

Minos N. Kassavetis

Joseph Kopcho Langdell

Edward Raymond Ruhlin

Ray W. Senogles