USS Pride (DE-323) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Pride (DE-323) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on April 12, 1943, and launched on July 3, the same year. It was commissioned on November 13, 1943, under Comdr. R.R. Curry’s command with the hull number DE-323 and served in the U.S. Navy for 11 years until it was decommissioned on June 1, 1954. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Halifax, the Panama Canal, and Algiers. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 2, 1971, and sold for scrapping in 1974. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Pride received 3 battle stars. Thousands of veterans who have worked with asbestos while in the U.S. Navy between the 1930s up to mid-1970s were diagnosed with diseases that are caused by prolonged exposure to these asbestos fibers, such as asbestosis, lung cancer, bronchial cancer, colon cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, and mesothelioma - the latter is an exceptionally hard-to-fight cancer that attacks the lining in the lungs called pleural mesothelioma, heart called pericardial mesothelioma, or abdomen called peritoneal mesothelioma.

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Shipmates on USS Pride (DE-323)