USS Johnnie Hutchins (DE-360) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Johnnie Hutchins (DE-360) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on March 6, 1944, and launched on May 2, the same year. It was commissioned on August 28, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. H. M. Godsey’s command as DE-360 and served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years until it was decommissioned on February 25, 1958. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Okinawa, Norfolk, Luzon, Shanghai, San Diego, Hollandia, San Pedro, and Leyte. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1972, and sold for scrapping in 1974. If you were exposed to asbestos at any point in your life you should make an appointment with your doctor. Because most symptoms do not show up until the damage to your lungs leads to severe respiratory issues, your doctor may want to screen you for asbestos-related conditions each year. There is no treatment that can reverse this damage, and many conditions continue to progress even when asbestos exposure stops. However, when you have an accurate diagnosis, your doctor may be able to put a treatment plan in place that can slow the progression of your condition and alleviate symptoms.

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Shipmates on USS Johnnie Hutchins (DE-360)

Jack L. Baker

Frank E. Caldwell

Charles Karzymierz Church

Richard T. Gillis

John P. Glynn

Evert G. Lindstrom

Floyd Michael McGuirt

Antone J. Morris

Theodore R. Nelson

John A. Regan

James Corbett Tasker

Arthur Eugene Varner

William Sanford White