USS Hall (DD-583) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Hall (DD-583), a Fletcher-class destroyer of the United States Navy, was laid down by the Boston Navy Yard on 16 April 1942 and was launched on 18 July 1942, sponsored by Mrs. Elizabeth Williams Greenleaf, great-granddaughter of Lt. Hall. The ship was commissioned on 6 July 1943, with Commander J. F. Delaney in command. The USS Hall (DD-583) entered service in 1943 and deployed to the Pacific theater. Following the war, the ship was placed in reserve until 1959, when it was sold to the Hellenic Navy and renamed Lonchi. The destroyer remained in service with the Hellenic Navy until 1990 and was scrapped in 1997. Asbestos was employed extensively on ships of various types, including aircraft carriers, amphibious warships, battleships, cruisers, destroyers, escorts, frigates, minesweepers, submarines, and merchant marine ships. Ships' boiler rooms included asbestos since they generate a great deal of heat and needed insulation. Insulation of the pipes and ducts leading to and from the boiler was also required. Flooring, wall panels, wires, packaging materials, adhesives, deck materials, mattresses, and fireproof products, and clothes all included asbestos.

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Shipmates on USS Hall (DD-583)

Robert Edmund Bois

Raymond Brooks Bowman Jr.

James Leo Brogan Jr.

Charles S. Carroll Jr.

Lonnie David Cook

William E. Currier

Lendall Barton Knight

Robert Joseph Trenholm

William T. Upton Jr.