USS Leslie L. B. Knox (DE-580) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Leslie L. B. Knox (DE-580) was a Rudderow-class destroyer escort laid down on November 7, 1943, and launched on January 8, the following year. It was commissioned on March 22, 1944, under Lt. J. A. Moffett’s command as DE-580 and served in the U.S. Navy for two years until it was decommissioned on June 15, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 186 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Hingham, New Guinea, Hollandia, Korea, Lingayen, Okinawa, and China. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Leslie L.B. Knox received 3 battle stars.

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Shipmates on USS Leslie L. B. Knox (DE-580)