USS Manlove (DE-36) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Manlove (DE-36) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on February 24, 1943, and launched on July 28, the same year. It was commissioned on November 8, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. J. P. Ingle’s command with the hull number DE-36 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on November 16, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 198 people on board and had its main missions in Pearl Harbor, the Marshalls, Okinawa, Kwajalein, Guam, Ulithi, Wotje, and San Francisco. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 28, 1945, and sold for scrapping to A. G. Schoonmaker Co in New York City in 1948. Between the 1940s and mid-70s, many ships that came to the yards were filled with asbestos, used for insulation on high-heat areas such as boilers and steam pipes. The biggest problem faced by most of the shipyard workers and Navy personnel is that they were unaware that the materials they were handling contained the carcinogenic mineral, and they unwittingly contaminated themselves by breathing invisible asbestos fibers.

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Shipmates on USS Manlove (DE-36)

Robert J. Carlson

Kenneth A. Howard

Andrew Luptak

Anthony Vincent Marino

Rodney Alvin Wagner

Nelson L. Whittredge

Robert F. Wieseler

Edwin C. Wilson