USS Mack (DE-358) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Mack (DE-358) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on February 14, 1944, and launched on April 11, the same year. It was commissioned on August 16, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. J. F. Nelson’s command as DE-358 and served in the U.S. Navy for two years until it was decommissioned on December 11, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had its main missions in Okinawa, Norfolk, Tsingtao, Shanghai, San Diego, Hollandia, San Pedro, and Leyte. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 15, 1972, and sold for scrapping the following year. Today, the threat posed by asbestos is very clear and well documented. The danger comes from inhaling the rough, tiny asbestos fibers, which can seriously damage lung tissue. If you developed an asbestos-related illness because of your employment duties, then you may be able to receive compensation for your medical expenses. Some symptoms of asbestos may not occur until several decades after the initial exposure to the fibers.

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Shipmates on USS Mack (DE-358)

Gary Cohen

Earl Joseph Davis

Cyril J. Kanoza

Victor Anthony Loforte Jr.