USS Herzog (DE-277) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Herzog was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on May 20, 1943, and launched on July 8, the same year. It was transferred to the United Kingdom and served there for 3 years as HMS Gore K481 until it was transferred back to the U.S. Navy on May 2, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 156 people on board. After the striking, the ship was sold for scrapping the same year. Asbestos was used in the insulation of piping and other machinery on many types of vessels, including aircraft carriers, amphibious warships, battleships, cruisers, destroyers, escorts, frigates, minesweepers, submarines, and merchant marine ships. Navy veterans working on these ships may have been exposed to asbestos before it became more restricted in the 1970s. Exposure to asbestos can lead to the development of deadly diseases, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, colon/rectal cancer, throat/esophageal cancer, and stomach cancer.

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Shipmates on USS Herzog (DE-277)

Martin Joseph Hayes

Algie Alonzo Watts