USS Frybarger (DE/DEC-705) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The destroyer escort USS Frybarger was launched at the Defoe Shipbuilding Company, Bay City, Michigan on February 25, 1944, and commissioned with the USNR on the 18th of May, the same year. After shakedown and training, she headed for Bizerte, with a convoy supplying the allied troops in North Africa. With her second North African voyage ended in November 1944, she is refitted for Pacific duty and crosses the Panama Canal in December the same year, to reach Manus in January 1945. She saw relatively little incident; escorting cargo ships out of Manila and other Philippines-area ports, although one of her trips takes her to the active warzone of Okinawa. She participates in the re-occupation of China and Korea from September 3, 1945, until November. Placed in reserve from 1947 onward, she is recommissioned and upgraded into a control escort vessel (DEC-705) three years later. The USS Fryberg will take part in various exercises throughout the following months and join the 7th Fleet for a short stint in the Far East during the Korean conflict. None of the improvements she received throughout her life removed any of the harmful asbestos onboard, however. This could be found virtually everywhere: engine room, pump room, boiler room, lining her pipes, electronics, and fuse boxes; even the walls mixed with paint and insulation.

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Shipmates on USS Frybarger (DE/DEC-705)

Arvel B. Barnes

Eugene Raymond

William Valentine Hoffman Jr.

Charles Fredrick Kane

Joseph Kirsner

Raymond Elmer Maier

Thomas Raymond Naulty Jr.

William H. Stetler