USS Gantner (DE-60/APD-42) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Gantner (DE-60/APD-42) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on December 31, 1942, and launched on April 17, 1943. It was commissioned on July 23, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. Barklie M. Henry’s command with the hull number DE-60 and served in the U.S. Navy for 5 years until it was decommissioned on August 2, 1949. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, New York, Derry, Boston, the Marshall Islands, Tokyo Bay, Shiogama Wan, Ominato Ko, Otaru, and Gaum. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on January 15, 1966. Once inhaled, asbestos fibers travel down small airways to the lungs, become lodged in the lung lining and develop into pleural mesothelioma. Asbestos fibers can remain in the body for up to 40 years, and often symptoms don’t even show up until then. By the time it is discovered that an individual has been suffering the effects of asbestos - shortness of breath, chest pain, persistent cough, weight loss, fatigue, and weakness - the asbestos-related condition is usually quite advanced and may even be considered terminal, in the worst-case scenario.

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Shipmates on USS Gantner (DE-60/APD-42)

Robert Angelo Cancemi

Lawrence Clayton Burns Sr.

Richard A. Ager

Donald H. Flanders

Arthur C. Fleischmann Sr.

Gene Baker McMurray