USS Metivier (DE-582) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Metivier (DE-582) was a Rudderow-class destroyer escort laid down on November 24, 1943, and launched on January 12, the following year. It was commissioned on April 7, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. Francis Kernan’s command as DE-582 served in the U.S. Navy for two years until it was decommissioned on July 1, 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, New Jersey, Lingayen, and Okinawa. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 30, 1968, and sold for scrapping. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Metivier received 3 battle stars. Exposure may have occurred during certain maintenance procedures, for example, tearing up entire surfaces of asbestos-containing floor tiles and torching or sanding surfaces painted with asbestos-containing paint without personal protective equipment. If you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Metivier (DE-582) and were later diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease or one of your loved ones died from an illness caused by asbestos exposure, you may be eligible for compensation.

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Shipmates on USS Metivier (DE-582)

Richard Drew Belden Sr.

Robert Allen Coulter

Harold H. Hahn

Truman I. Michel

William Edgar Minick

Edward Henry Unkle