USS Lowe (DE-325) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

USS Lowe (DE-325)

The USS Lowe (DE-325) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on May 24, 1943, and launched on July 28, the same year. It was commissioned on November 22, 1943, under Comdr. Reginald H. French’s command with the hull number DE-325 and served in the U.S. Navy for 25 years until it was decommissioned on September 20, 1968. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Casablanca, Newfoundland, Norfolk, Halifax, Yorktown, Seattle, Charleston, North Africa, Guam, and Florida. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 23, 1968, and sold for scrapping the following year. Asbestos was a key ingredient in over 300 materials in naval ships until the mid-1970s when the health risks associated with asbestos became more widely known. Given the long latency period – about 10 to 40 years – of many asbestos-related diseases, symptoms can go unrecognized for a while. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Lowe (DE-325), it is highly recommended that you seek counsel about your health condition and legal options.

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Shipmates on USS Lowe (DE-325)