USS Samuel S. Miles (DE-183) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Samuel S. Miles (DE-183) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on July 5, 1943, and launched on October 3, the same year. It was commissioned on November 4, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. George B. Coale’s command with the hull number DE-183 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on March 28, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had its main missions in New York, Bermuda, Panama, New Guinea, the Marshall Islands, and Iwo Jima. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to France in 1950 where it was renamed Arabe. Asbestos's remarkable properties have made it a useful tool for centuries. Leading up to World War II, asbestos became even more of a necessity. The mineral seemed like the perfect solution to both keep up with wartime demand and post-war conversion, and refitting of Navy ships. It continued to be used after WWII and was incorporated in operating machinery and equipment that kept Navy ships seaworthy. Breathing in asbestos fibers over many years can cause lung damage, including cancer. If you, or someone you care about, have been affected by a condition caused by asbestos exposure while on active duty, you may be entitled to compensation.

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Shipmates on USS Samuel S. Miles (DE-183)

Charles Robert Markham

Arnold Lee McLain

Adam Reed Roscoe

Clemon Warren Tripp Sr.

Pompey Edmond Virgili