USS James E. Craig (DE-201) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS James E. Craig (DE-201) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on April 15, 1943, and launched on July 22, the same year. It was commissioned on November 1, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. Hampton M. Ericson’s command with the hull number DE-201 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on July 2, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and had its main missions in New Guinea and the Philippines. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on June 30, 1968. Asbestos fibers are long, thin, tough, and so small that they cannot be seen. When they float in the air, they are easily inhaled. Because they attach to the lining of the lungs and airways, the fibers cannot be coughed out or washed out of the lung tissue. The most common test used to learn if you have been affected by asbestos exposure is a chest X-ray. The X-ray cannot detect the asbestos fibers themselves but can detect changes in the lungs caused by them.

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Shipmates on USS James E. Craig (DE-201)

Albert Dzurinda

George W. Lamb

Thomas F. McNally

Henry Dale Murphy

Richard C. Rhodes Jr.

Robert Wallace Riedel

Charles K. Saber