USS Henley (DD-391) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Henley (DD-391) was a Bagley-class destroyer laid down on October 28, 1935, and launched on January 12, 1937. It was commissioned on August 14, the same year under Lt. Comdr. H. Y. McCown’s command with the hull number DD-391 and served in the US Navy for 6 years until it was sunk by a torpedo on October 3, 1943. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 158 people on board and had its main missions in Pearl Harbor, Wake Island, Guadalcanal, Australia, New Guinea, and Finschafen. For the services brought to the country during World War II, USS Henley (DD-391) received 4 battle stars.

The body cannot break down asbestos fibers once they are lodged in lung or body tissues. It takes a long time before asbestos starts causing scar tissue, cellular damage, and cancer. Generally, it can take 15 - 40 years or more from the time of initial exposure to symptoms. If you have a history of asbestos exposure, we encourage you to get a routine X-ray or CT scan in order to check the pleural lining around the lungs for signs of asbestos exposure.

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Shipmates on USS Henley (DD-391)

Kenneth Vernon Adams

James R. Ahern

Albert B. Block

Jack Edwin Pancoast

Clyde Seal

Richard Lee Tinklepaugh

Forrest Wesley Tinklepaugh

Lester Hubert Wing