USS Menges (DE-320) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Menges (DE-320) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on March 22, 1943, and launched on June 15, the same year. It was commissioned on October 26, 1943, under Lt. Cmdr. Frank M. McCabe’s command as DE-320 and served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned in January 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Texas, Bermuda, Norfolk, New York, Algiers, Bougie, New London, Casco Bay, Oran, Cheshire, and Florida. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 2, 1971, and sold for scrapping on April 10, the following year. U.S. military veterans often have been victims of asbestos exposures from their everyday work environments, living conditions, or other hazardous circumstances. From the 1930s to late 1970, asbestos was used extensively in military vehicles, equipment, and shipbuilding. Many Navy veterans who were exposed to a wide range of asbestos-containing products, often unknowingly, as a result of their military service are at risk of developing severe illnesses.

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Shipmates on USS Menges (DE-320)