USS Mugford (DD-389) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Mugford (DD-389) was a Bagley-class destroyer laid down on October 28, 1935, and launched on October 31, 1936. It was commissioned on August 16, the following year under Lt. Comdr. E. W. Young’s command with the hull number DD-389 and served in the US Navy for 9 years until it was decommissioned on August 29, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 200 people on board and had its main missions in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Guadalcanal, New Guinea, Mare Island, and Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was sunk on March 22, 1948. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Mugford (DD-389) received 7 battle stars. Long-term inhalation of asbestos fibers may lead to a number of chronic respiratory diseases, including bronchial cancer, lung cancer, asbestosis, diffuse pleural thickening, pleural plaques, benign pleural effusion, and malignant mesothelioma. Because the earliest symptoms of the above-mentioned diseases often appear 10-40 years after exposure, it is important to have routine checkups, such as pulmonary function tests and chest X-rays and notify your doctor if you notice any signs of asbestos-related disease.

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Shipmates on USS Mugford (DD-389)

Michael R. Bell

Arleigh Albert Burke

Harold S. Cartwright

Robert L. Clodius

Walter B. Cobb

James H. Gilligan

Albert G. Goodroe

Arthur Ferdinand Johnson

Alfonso John Keel

George Arthur Meyer

Clinton F. Morse

John W. Peters

John Watson Rampley

Donald Eugene Webb

John S. Wees

Carl Edward Wilson

Edward Watson Young