USS McClelland (DE-750) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS McClelland (DE-750) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on July 21, 1943, and launched on November 28, the same year. It was commissioned on September 19, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. Glendon D. Williams’ command with the hull number DE-750 and served in the U.S. Navy for 14 years until it was decommissioned on September 12, 1960. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had its main missions in Volcano Islands, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Espiritu Santo, Ryukyus, Saipan, Eniwetok, Ulithi, and Leyte. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1972. One year later, USS McClelland was sold for scrapping. Since there was an abundance of heat-producing equipment aboard Navy ships built from the 1930s to the 1970s, asbestos was the perfect solution to alleviate the risk of potential fires in case of a malfunction or an attack. Asbestos-related conditions such as diffuse pleural thickening and pleural plaques, pleural effusion, and rounded atelectasis, can affect the lungs and it will show up on chest X-rays. As a Navy veteran, it is possible to claim compensation for these conditions.

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Shipmates on USS McClelland (DE-750)

john edgar acuff jr

lewis p. ashworth

frank charles blum

francis harvey burnham

richard l. eisnaugle

herman s. frey

claude denis gilchrist

harry e. munzing

william a. sanchez

william hamilton tylander