USS Muir (DE-770) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Muir (DE-770) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on June 1, 1943, and launched on June 4, 1944. It was commissioned on August 30, 1944, under Lt. Comdr. Theodore A. O’Gorman’s command with the hull number DE-770 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned in September 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Portsmouth, South Carolina, Houston, the Bahamas, Dakar, New York and Florida. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to South Korea where it was renamed ROKS Kyongki (F-71). Asbestos exposure occurs when an individual breathes in its needle-like fibers that get trapped in the lungs. These fibers can cause scarring, and over time, chronic lung diseases, such as bronchial cancer, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Asbestos-containing materials have been widely used in the shipbuilding industry to insulate hulls, heating pipes and boilers, incinerators, and boilers and in materials such as gaskets, valves, and cement throughout a vessel.

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Shipmates on USS Muir (DE-770)

William Donald Ambrose

Arnold M. Ashley

Robert Snyder

William T. Baur

Ernest Frederick Brown

Myron Jay Carraway

Adelbert Ray Evers

Harold J. Fonte

Roy William Kelly

Charles F.W. Mueller

Arnold Miller White

Lawrence M. Wooten