USS Marsh (DE-699) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Marsh, a Buckley-class destroyer escort, was laid down in 1943 by the Defoe Shipbuilding Company in Michigan. It was sponsored by Mrs. Ben R. Marsh, mother of Ensign Marsh and commissioned one year later with Lieutenant Commander P. M. Fenton in command. Because it enjoyed a remarkable career, the ship earned numerous awards, such as the World War II Victory Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Korean War Service Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, as well as 6 bronze service stars. However, since it was built during the middle of the last century, asbestos was present on the USS Marsh in tremendous amounts, which endangered the health of those serving on it. Therefore, we strongly advise veterans to undergo annual medical examinations to make sure the asbestos fibers they inhaled have not caused any damage to their lungs. In 1973, the ship was struck from the Naval Vessel Register and subsequently sold for scrap.

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