USS Jack Miller (DE-410) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Jack Miller (DE-410) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on November 29, 1943, and launched on January 10, the following year. It was commissioned on April 13, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. J. W. Whaley’s command as DE-410 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 1, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had its main missions in Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, Saipan, Norfolk, Panama Canal, and San Diego. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 30, 1968, and sold for scrapping the following year. Asbestosis - an incurable lung disease that makes breathing progressively more difficult, has been linked to asbestos exposure, yet because it takes decades for the condition to be diagnosed there is typically little that can be done to identify the source of exposure to asbestos. But for Navy veterans who are diagnosed with asbestosis, it is often somewhat easier to determine the source of exposure as many specific duties placed Navy servicemen and women in direct contact with asbestos.

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Shipmates on USS Jack Miller (DE-410)