USS Reynolds (DE-42) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Reynolds (DE-42) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on February 12, 1943, and launched on August 1, the same year. It was commissioned on November 8, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. Edward P. Adams’ command with the hull number DE-42 and served in the U.S. Navy for two years until it was decommissioned on December 5, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 198 people on board and had its main missions in Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, Majuro, Okinawa, Kwajalein, Ulithi, Tokyo, Palau, Kossol Passage, and Makin. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 19, 1945, and sold for scrapping in 1947. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Reynolds received 8 battle stars. While asbestos was originally used to make vessels safer, it was found to cause a rare form of cancer known as mesothelioma, which often attacks the lining of the lungs, stomach, and heart. Mesothelioma has a latency period of 20 to 50 years, meaning many veterans who experienced asbestos exposure on ships, in shipyards, and in shipbuilding did not know the impact for many decades.

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Shipmates on USS Reynolds (DE-42)