USS Oberrender (DE-344) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Oberrender (DE-344) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on November 8, 1943, and launched on January 18, the following year. It was commissioned on May 11, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. Samuel Spencer’s command as DE-344 and served in the U.S. Navy for one year until it was decommissioned on July 11, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had the main missions in Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, the Marshalls, Manus, Leyte, Morotai, Seeadler, Kerama Retto, and the Netherlands East Indies. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 25, 1945, and used as a target ship during training exercises the same year. The effects of past asbestos exposure can devastate Navy veterans and their families, not just because of the obvious emotional distress involved, but also due to the financial issues this can cause. We strongly recommend that Navy veterans considering legal action stemming from asbestos exposure act as quickly as possible, as they may only have a limited time to file an asbestos claim, depending on the statute of limitations that applies to their particular case.

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Shipmates on USS Oberrender (DE-344)