USS Henry B. Wilson (DDG-7) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

USS Henry B. Wilson (DDG-7)

The USS Henry B. Wilson (DDG-7) was a Charles F. Adams-class guided-missile destroyer laid down on February 28, 1958, and launched on April 22, the following year. It was commissioned on December 17, 1960 under Comdr. L. D. Caney’s command with the hull number DDG-7 and served in the US Navy for 29 years until it was decommissioned on October 2, 1989. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 354 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Yokosuka, Subic Bay, the Gulf of Tonkin, the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean. For the services brought to the country during the Vietnam War, the USS Henry B. Wilson (DDG-7) received a number of 17 awards. Asbestos-related diseases take years to develop and can be life-threatening. In fact, given the known carcinogen effects, asbestos is considered a general health hazard. There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, thus, even the smallest amounts of asbestos can cause deadly diseases later in life. Navy veterans diagnosed with asbestos lung cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma or another asbestos-related cancer (esophageal, bladder, colorectal, etc) may be entitled to receive compensation from over $30 billion available in asbestos trust funds.

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Shipmates on USS Henry B. Wilson (DDG-7)