USS Robert A. Owens (DD-827) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Robert A. Owens (DD-827) was a Gearing-class destroyer laid down on October 29, 1945 and launched on July 15, the following year. It was commissioned on November 5, 1949 under Comdr. Rexford V. Wheeler’s command with the hull number DD-827 and it served in the US Navy for 33 years before it was decommissioned on February 16, 1982. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in Cuba, Guantanamo Bay, Norfolk, Pensacola and Galveston. It was struck from the Navy List on August 6, 1987 although it was transferred prior to Turkey in 1982 where it was renamed TCG Alcitepe D-346.

Asbestos was extensively used for its practical properties, convenient cost, and accessibility in nearly all types of military transportation — especially Navy ships. Veterans who develop asbestos-related conditions are entitled to compensation. In addition to filing for veterans benefits with the U.S. military or government, veterans may also seek compensation by filing asbestos-related claims against asbestos trusts.

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 Robert A. Owens (DD-827)

HILDREY HERBERT ARNETTE

91 years old

Dead

RAYMOND BROOKS BOWMAN JR

92 years old

Dead

JOSEPH ELDRIGE BUCKLEY

unknown age

Dead

ROBERT MARTIN BUTTERWORTH

75 years old

Alive

WILLIAM HARRISON CAMPBELL

75 years old

Alive

WILLIAM F. CARNAHAN

96 years old

Alive

CASIMIR G. DOMBKOWSKI

92 years old

Alive

JAMES MICHAEL WILLIAMSON

75 years old

Alive

DANIEL A. PANSULLO JR.

unknown age

Dead

RICHARD D. RICKETT

69 years old

Alive

DUANE E. STROUTS

91 years old

Alive

JOHN GEORGE WALLACE

unknown age

Dead