USS Samuel N. Moore (DD-747) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Samuel N. Moore (DD-747) was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on September 30, 1943, and launched on February 23, the following year. It was commissioned on June 24, 1944, under Comdr. Horatio A. Lincoln’s command with the hull number DD-747 and served in the US Navy for 25 years until it was decommissioned on October 24, 1969. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Panama Canal, the Philippines, Ryukyus, Shanghai, Tsingtao, Pusan, Pearl Harbor, San Diego, Wonsan, and Vietnam. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on the same day and sold to Taiwan in December 1969 where it was renamed Heng Yang (DD-2). Almost all of the equipment and machinery, used in naval ships until the mid-1970s contained asbestos. For example, asbestos gaskets were generally cut from compressed asbestos sheet materials that contained more than 80% asbestos. Anyone who has been exposed to asbestos should discuss that exposure with a primary care provider and consider a referral to specialists who can evaluate any possible damage as a result. Navy veterans may be eligible for VA compensation, treatment, and other benefits.

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Shipmates on USS Samuel N. Moore (DD-747)

Harry Taylor Adair

Nicomedes D. Andaya

James Edward Bagley

Lee R. Balderston

Roy Edgar Dorsey

George Gill Ball

Gerald Alvin Engelken

William R. Hampton

William John Hanvey

Jesse Leon Letterman

Robert E. McAfee

Michael Profeta

John Lafayette Stewart

Cecil A. Oliver

Bertram Uddenberg

Turner Park

Joseph Anthony Urbonas

Gary Wilkinson