USS Greene (DD-266) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Greene (DD-266/AVD-13/APD-36) was a Clemson-class destroyer named for Samuel Greene and launched by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation's Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts; sponsored by Mrs. John Stevens Conover, the namesake's daughter; and commissioned 9 May 1919, Commander R. A. Theobald in command. It conducted training and tended seaplanes off Puerto Rico and Bermuda. After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, it sailed for Brazil. Until the summer of 1942, it served as seaplane tender at Natal. The ship received three battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation for World War II service. Many veterans were not made aware of the serious health issues surrounding asbestos and they weren’t provided with proper safety equipment to minimize the level of exposure. Inhaled asbestos fibers can stick to the lining of the lungs, where the body reacts by forming scar tissue over them. Tumors may develop as a result of the accumulation of scar tissue. Some of the harm caused by asbestos exposure is permanent and cannot be reversed.

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Shipmates on USS Greene (DD-266)

Ocie Delano Merrill

Thomas J. Page

William Lewis Slocum

Carl Anthony Adam Weber

Harold Weiner