USS Haverfield (DE-393) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Haverfield (DE-393) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on July 1, 1943, and launched on August 30, the same year. It was commissioned on November 29, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. Jerry A. Matthews’ command with the hull number DE-393 and served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years until it was decommissioned on June 2, 1969. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Boston, Saipan, Norfolk, Casablanca, the Panama Canal, Pearl Harbor, Florida, Seattle, Vietnam, and Bonin. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 2, 1969, and sold for scrapping to Chi Shun Hua Steel Corporation in Kaoshiung in 1971. In addition to lung cancer and mesothelioma, asbestos exposure is known to cause other types of cancer, including throat cancer, colorectal cancer, bronchial cancer, esophageal cancer, or gastrointestinal cancer. There are also a number of non-cancerous pleural abnormalities such as pleural plaques, diffuse pleural thickening, benign asbestos pleural effusions, and rounded atelectasis that can be severe and even life-threatening.

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Shipmates on USS Haverfield (DE-393)

William Fredrick Behr

Henry R. Bourque

Arthur Eli Doucette

Earl P. Dubeau

William Perry Ford

Randolph Brooks Hudgins

Robert Frederick Riordan

Joseph James Sanzone

Frederick W. Schock

Dan William Silver

Leslie M. Staggs

William J. Tadlock

Peter Joseph Tennis

Reuben Douglas Tye Jr.