USS Haraden (DD-585) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Haraden (DD-585), a Fletcher-class destroyer, was launched by Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts, 19 March 1943; sponsored by Miss Caroline E. Derby, great-great-grandniece of Captain Jonathan Haraden; and commissioned at Boston 16 September 1943, with Commander H. C. Allen, Jr., in command. The ship engaged in various duties in support of the operations in Pearl Harbor, including fire support and anti-submarine patrol. The USS Haraden (DD-585) was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register 1 November 1972. She was sunk as a target in November 1973. It received five battle stars for its service in World War II. Navy veterans were often exposed to asbestos during their time of service due to asbestos products being widely used in the marine sector. Sadly, the U.S. Navy was largely unaware of the risks as the makers of asbestos-based products hid the facts. This put thousands of service members at risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis later on in life after their service.

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Shipmates on USS Haraden (DD-585)

Natale Joseph Damore

Richard D. Faubion

Harold I. Hanna

Thomas J. Inman

Robert Caleb Sweatt

William T. Upton Jr

William Thomas Vidmar

Steve Warianka