The USS Poole (DE-151) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on February 13, 1943, and launched on May 8, the same year. It was commissioned on September 29, 1943, under Lt. Cmdr. Richard R. D. Dean’s command as DE-151 and served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned in January 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Texas, Bermuda, Pearl Harbor, Casablanca, Wakayama, Green Cove Springs, Saipan, New York, and San Diego. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 2, 1971, and sold for scrapping in 1974.
Like all other ships built in the mid-20th century, the USS Poole (DE-151) was constructed using a number of asbestos-containing components. Navy veterans should consult a doctor as soon as possible if they experience any symptoms associated with the inhalation of asbestos fibers, such as dry cough and increasing shortness of breath.