USS Lee Fox (DE-65/ADP-45) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Lee Fox (DE-65/ADP-45) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on March 1, 1943, and launched on May 29, the same year. It was commissioned on August 30, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. W. C. Jennings’ command with the hull number DE-65 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on May 15, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Cape Cod, Derry, Norfolk, Plymouth, Guam, San Pedro, the Philippines, and Yokohama. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on September 1, 1964. One year and a half later, on January 31, 1966, the USS Lee Fox was sold for scrapping. Asbestos is a naturally-occurring fibrous silicate mineral known for its fire-proof properties. When disturbed, it may produce dust containing asbestos fibers. Breathing these fibers may, in turn, cause a range of pulmonary issues including asbestosis, pleural plaques, diffuse pleural thickening, benign asbestos pleural effusions, and rounded atelectasis.

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Shipmates on USS Lee Fox (DE-65/ADP-45)

Robert Morris Estes

James G. Blanchette Jr.

Leroy Hendrickson

Hershel Leon Mobbs

John Howard Uhl

Albert Lee Holman