USS Kyne (DE-744) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Kyne (DE-744) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on April 16, 1943, and launched on August 15, the same year. It was commissioned for the first time on April 4, 1944, under Cmdr. A. Jackson’s command with the hull number DE-744 and served in the U.S. Navy for 12 years until it was decommissioned on June 17, 1960. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had its main missions in California, Manus, Leyte, Palau Islands, Ulithi, Iwo Jima, and Tokyo Bay. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1972. A year later, the ship was sold for scrapping. Asbestos was commonly used as an insulating material because it was resistant to heat, fire, and water. It was also durable and cheap, making it a highly desired product. When repairs or regular maintenance are conducted, the process can dislodge asbestos fibers and make them airborne. Plumbers, insulators, boiler technicians, steamfitters or pipefitters, and other naval service members are then at risk of inhaling these deadly fibers that can cause lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma - cancer in the lining of the lungs, associated with exposure to asbestos.

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Shipmates on USS Kyne (DE-744)

George C. Aab

Peter Arangio

Joseph R. Barbieri

William Reinhardt Davies

Sidney F. Green

Raymond J. Gates

Elliott Glassman

Pat Grillo

Charles I. Kain

Robert Francis Massimi

Ronald Anthony Pasqua

Stephen J. Patten

Alfred M. Ripka