The USS Harlan R. Dickson (DD-708) was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on May 23, 1944, as DD-708 and launched on December 17, the same year. It was commissioned on February 17, 1945, under Commander Paul G. Osier’s command and served in the US Navy for 27 years until it was decommissioned in 1972. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in Solomons, Pearl Harbor, Haifa, Cuba, San Juan, Santo Domingo, and Newport. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on July 1, 1972, and sold for scrapping.
If you suspect that you may have been exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Harlan R. Dickson (DD-708) or are beginning to deal with symptoms of asbestos-related illnesses, seek medical care immediately. Make sure to keep a log of all your medical visits and expenses, as well as a detailed account of your occupational history because they are evidence to prove the essential elements of a compensation claim.