USS McNulty (DE-581) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS McNulty (DE-581) was a Rudderow-class destroyer escort laid down on November 17, 1943, and launched on January 8, the following year. It was commissioned on March 31, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. William C. Jennings’ command as DE-581 and served in the U.S. Navy for two years until it was decommissioned on July 2, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 186 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Hingham, New Guinea, Hollandia, Korea, Lingayen, Okinawa, and China. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and used as a target ship during training exercises in California in 1972. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS McNulty received 2 battle stars. Asbestos was known to be dangerous even before World War II, but it was still used in all military branches because of its affordability, tensile strength, and due to the property of being thermally inert. Asbestos fibers are tiny and cannot be seen with the naked eye in most cases, thus, can be easily inhaled in the form of dust and carried into the lower lung regions where they can cause a range of health issues such as lung cancer, bronchial cancer, mesothelioma, colon/rectal cancer, throat/esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, plus many other types of pulmonary issues.

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Shipmates on USS McNulty (DE-581)

john henry agnew jr

richard a. bloom

russell l. gillespie

henry andrew kalinofsky