USS Hambleton (DD-455) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Hambleton (DD-455/DMS-20), a Gleaves-class destroyer of the United States Navy, was laid down by the Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Kearny, New Jersey, on 16 December 1940 and launched on 26 September 1941, sponsored by Mrs. Nannie Hambleton Martin, great-grandniece of Samuel Hambleton. The destroyer was commissioned on 22 December 1941, Commander Forrest Close in command. The USS Hambleton (DD-455/DMS-20) began a shakedown that took her through the Panama Canal to Callao, Peru; Valparaiso, Chile; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Cartagena, Colombia; and Balboa, Panama Canal Zone. The ship was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 June 1971 and sold on 22 November 1972for scrap. Asbestos particles are distributed into the air, and then inhaled into the lungs, when they are disturbed. When asbestos was first used, the consequences of exposure to it were not fully understood. Today, we know that exposure to asbestos fibers can have devastating consequences, including the risk of developing lung disease/lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma.

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Shipmates on USS Hambleton (DD-455)

louis s. groubert

ralph charles kahle jr.

joseph francis ouellette

george robert wood