USS Kalk (DD-611) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Kalk (DD-611) was a Benson-class destroyer laid down on June 30, 1941, and launched on July 18, the following year. It was commissioned on October 17, 1942, under Lt. Comdr. C. T. Singleton’s command with the hull number DD-611 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on May 3, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 258 people on board and had its main missions in California, San Francisco, the Aleutian Islands, Dutch Harbor, Panama Canal, North Africa, Norfolk, Ulithi, and French Morocco. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 1, 1968. During WWII, the military insisted on using asbestos in hundreds of applications in military settings, particularly aboard Navy ships, because the mineral was considered to be superior to other forms of insulation. Members enlisted in the US Navy between 1940 and 1970 particularly during and after WWII were the most likely to develop respiratory conditions like mesothelioma and asbestosis from high airborne concentrations of the asbestos fibers. Navy jobs with likelihoods for asbestos exposure include ships, aircraft, or submarine members, boiler operators, demolition specialists, hull technicians, machinists, mechanics, pipefitters, welders, and Seabees.

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Shipmates on USS Kalk (DD-611)

jack a. adams

clyde d. allen

floyd kenneth callesen

joseph james crabtree

henry devries

james leamon forbis

earl n. fortune

mark martin gantar

kenneth ward gibson

william thomas helms jr.

john franklin jackson

bernard nicholas jost

joseph paul karetski

thomas burns kelly

jack edwin kimball

jack cecil petitt

chester g. phillips

ellis duncan price

douglas bruce sandison

john jacob solack

thomas hayden tillman

william jerry willeford