USS Kephart (DE-207/APD-61) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Kephart (DE-207/APD-61) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort launched on September 6, 1943. It was commissioned on January 7, 1944, under Lt. Comdr. I. H. Cammarn’s command with the hull number DE-207 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 21, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 186 men on board and had its main missions in Gibraltar, Tunisia, New Guinea, Leyte, Palaus, Ormoc, Mindoro, Cebu, and Borneo. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on May 1, 1967, and transferred to the Military Assistance Program in Korea, where it was renamed Kyong Puk. Personnel who worked aboard Navy vessels were at exceptional risk for inhalation of asbestos dust, which is why Navy veterans need to be scrupulous about their health as the effects of exposure to asbestos may take years to manifest. Because asbestos-related illnesses need lifelong care, the affected Navy veterans are compelled to seek monetary compensation. However, attorneys that specialize in asbestos-related claims can help them.

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Shipmates on USS Kephart (DE-207/APD-61)

Everett Stevenson Boggs

Amos King Campbell

William Louis Griggs

Virgil Lawrence Hodges

Fred Knopf

James Russell Price

Harold Irvin Stalder