The USS Lloyd E. Acree (DE-356) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on January 24, 1944, and launched on March 21, the same year. It was commissioned on August 1, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. John E. Greenbacker’s command as DE-356 and served in the U.S. Navy for two years until it was decommissioned on October 10, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had its main missions in Okinawa, Norfolk, Tsingtao, San Diego, Hollandia, San Pedro, Manila, Guiuan, Subic Bay, and Leyte. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 15, 1972, and sold for scrapping the following year.
Individuals with a history of asbestos exposure ten or more years ago are at an increased risk of developing asbestos-related lung diseases. If you served in the U.S. Navy prior to 1980, be on alert for signs of asbestos exposure affecting the lungs such as breathlessness, dry cough, chest pain, or wheezing, and consult a doctor immediately.