USS Oliver Mitchell (DE-417) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Oliver Mitchell (DE-417) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on January 3, 1944, and launched on February 8, the same year. It was commissioned on June 14, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. Kenneth J. Barclay’s command as DE-417 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on April 24, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Kerama Retto, Guam, Bermuda, Okinawa, Leyte, and Iwo Jima. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 15, 1972, and sold for scrapping the following year. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Oliver Mitchell received 5 battle stars. Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material valued for its resistance to heat, fire, and electricity. It contains millions of invisible, microscopic fibers that break off and become airborne, lodging in the lungs. Breathing in large amounts of asbestos fibers or dust over a long period can cause damage and scar tissue in the lungs.

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Shipmates on USS Oliver Mitchell (DE-417)