USS Lovering (DE-39) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

USS Lovering (DE-39)

The USS Lovering (DE-39) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on September 7, 1942, and launched on June 18, the following year. It was commissioned on September 11, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. A. H. Donaldson’s command with the hull number DE-39 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on October 16, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 198 people on board and had its main missions in the Gilberts, the Marshalls, the Marianas, Pearl Harbor, Tarawa, Kwajalein, Majuro, Eniwetok, Saipan, Guam, Ulithi, Iwo Jima, and San Francisco. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 1, 1945, and sold for scrapping to Hugo Neu in New York City the following year. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Lovering received 3 battle stars. Shipyard workers and Navy personnel are most at risk of developing an asbestos-related disease. Breathing in asbestos dust or fibers can lead to damage to the lungs and a range of associated respiratory conditions and diseases. When microscopic asbestos fibers become airborne, can be easily inhaled or ingested by the workers and service members. They can lodge into the lung tissue or abdominal cavities, where they irritate and inflame until cancer cells begin to form.

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Shipmates on USS Lovering (DE-39)