USS Hoel (DDG-13) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Hoel (DDG-13) was a Charles F. Adams-class guided-missile destroyer laid down on August 13, 1959, and launched on August 4, the following year. It was commissioned on June 16, 1962, under Comdr. Allen W. Slifer’s command with the hull number DDG-13 and served in the US Navy for 28 years until it was decommissioned on October 1, 1990. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 354 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, the Far East, Da Nang, and Hong Kong. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 20, 1992, and sold for commercial use in 1994.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral made up of fibers that are so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye. Asbestos fibers may be released into the air when asbestos-containing materials are disturbed during product use, maintenance, repair, or remodeling. When inhaled, these fibers can make their way down to the smallest airway level in the lung causing scarring and inflammation. The most common asbestos-related illnesses include non-malignant disorders such as asbestosis and malignancies such as lung cancer and mesothelioma.

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Shipmates on USS Hoel (DDG-13)

Steven David Ball

John Sankford Basey

Gary Lanar Bier

Gregory Erwin Bodine

George L. Clardy

Roger Lee Coffey

Amos T. Hathaway

William Roscoe Hill

Francis Leslie Hostrander

Otto E. Kumpunen Jr.

Joseph Lee Markiewicz Sr.

Frank Adolphus Miles