USS Otter (DE-210) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Otter (DE-210) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on July 26, 1943, and launched on October 23, 1943. It was commissioned on February 21, 1944, under Lt. Comdr. D. M. Kerr’s command with the hull number DE-210 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned in January 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and had its main missions in different Mediterranean and Atlantic ports. After the decommissioning, the ship sank as a target during some training exercises on July 10, 1970. Asbestos does not have an odor or taste and cannot be detected by a simple visual examination, making it even more dangerous. Those in the following occupations regularly came into contact with airborne asbestos fibers: boiler tenders, engine mechanics, shipfitters, pipefitters, damage control men, and hull technicians.

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Shipmates on USS Otter (DE-210)

Jon R. Appel

Robert Paul Bell

Frank J. Cole Jr.

Walter Fred Croskey

Walter R. Schlegel

Charles E. Sivco

Ronald Carson Martin