USS Richard M. Rowell (DE-403) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

USS Richard M. Rowell was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on August 18, 1943 and launched on November 17, the same year. It was commissioned on March 9, 1944 under Lt. Cmdr. Harry A. Barnard’s command as DE-403 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on July 2, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had the main missions in Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, Morotai, Leyte, Manus, Boston or Ulithi. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 30, 1968 and sold for scrapping in June, the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Richard M. Rowell received 6 battle stars.  

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

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Shipmates on USS Richard M. Rowell (DE-403)


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