USS Hanna (DE-449) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Hanna (DE-449) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on March 23, 1944, and launched on July 4, the same year. It was commissioned on January 27, 1945, under Lt. Cmdr. Means Hohnston’s command as DE-449 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on December 11, 1959. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Bermuda, Panama, Guam, Eniwetok, New York, Tokyo Bay, Korea, the Bonins, and Manzanillo. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 1, 1972, and sold for scrapping the following year. For the services brought to the country during the Korean War, the USS Hanna received 5 battle stars. Before the deadly long-term effects of asbestos were widely known, this material was heavily employed by U.S. shipyards. We urge Navy Veterans with lung cancer who have had heavy exposure to asbestos during service, or their immediate family members to please call us today. We can help them learn more about the asbestos products to which they were exposed and what legal compensation options they could be entitled to.

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Shipmates on USS Hanna (DE-449)

Winford F. Cox

Truett Leslie Davis

James Leamon Forbis

Thomas Edward Gibson

Peter F. Paul

Edward Patrick Pendleton

Mark A. Schaitel