USS Kingsmill (DE-280) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Kingsmill (DE-280) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on July 9, 1943, and launched on August 13, the same year. It was transferred to the United Kingdom and served there for 2 years as HMS Kingsmill K484 until it was transferred back to the U.S. Navy on August 22, 1945. It served in the U.S. Navy for a few months before being decommissioned on October 26, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 156 people on board and had its main missions under Lt. Comdr. George B. Calkins’ command. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 16, 1945, and sold for scrapping in 1947.

If you served in the U.S Navy prior to 1980 chances are you were exposed to asbestos. Depending on the level of exposure, the symptoms of lung condition caused by breathing in asbestos fibers – which can include a persistent cough, breathing difficulties, and tiredness - can take years to develop. Even if you retired 30 years ago, you may be feeling the effects of asbestos for the first time today.

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Shipmates on USS Kingsmill (DE-280)