USS Jenks (DE-665) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Jenks (DE-665) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on May 12, 1943, and launched on September 11, the same year. It was commissioned on January 19, 1944, under Lt. Comdr. J. F. Way’s command with the hull number DE-665 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 26, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Norfolk, Casablanca, New London, Casco Bay, Boston, and Miami. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on February 1, 1966. Two years later, on March 5, 1968, the ship was sold for scrapping. All forms of asbestos are classified as human carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. There is no known acceptable safe exposure limit for asbestos. Existing asbestos products that are broken and damaged pose a major health threat. If you have developed an asbestos-related illness and you can provide proof of asbestos exposure while in the U.S. Navy, you are eligible to make a claim for compensation.

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Shipmates on USS Jenks (DE-665)

James Laurence Cotter Jr.

Charles E. Barnes

Arthur Lewis Overacker

Warren Dautrich

Jack McClinden

John Charles McDonnell

Carl Leo Nisen

George Heck