USS Moore (DE-240) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Moore (DE-240) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on July 20, 1942, and launched on December 21, the same year. It was commissioned on July 1, 1943, under Lt. Cmdr. H. P. Michiels’ command as DE-240 and served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on June 30, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Texas, Norfolk, Bermuda, Boston, New England, Pearl Harbor, and Newfoundland. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1973, and sunk as a target ship during training exercises in 1975. Anyone working below deck where asbestos was used and the ventilation was poor or removing damaged asbestos, and then using asbestos material to re-wrap pipes, or working with damaging or repairing materials that contained asbestos, could be at risk for developing asbestos-related diseases years later, especially insulators, boilermakers, pipe coverers, hull maintenance workers, electricians, and engine operators.

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Shipmates on USS Moore (DE-240)

Victor G. Abbs Jr.

Donald C. Abel

Leonard A. Bulwicz

Willard George Castor

Claude Clayton Hazlett

William L. Kaiser

Mack A. Newton Jr.

Ernest Carroll Oldaker