USS Sederstrom (DE-31) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Sederstrom (DE-31) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on December 24, 1942, and launched on June 15, the following year. It was commissioned on September 11, 1943, under Lt. Cmdr. Lyman M. King’s command with the hull number DE-31 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on November 15, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 198 people on board and had its main missions in Pearl Harbor, Majuro, Okinawa, Eniwetok, Guam, Ulithi, Tinian, Saipan, and Makin. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 28, 1945, and sold for scrapping to A. G. Schoonmaker Co in New York City in 1947. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Sederstrom received 5 battle stars. Hull maintenance workers, pipe coverers, boilermakers, machinists, electricians, welders, engine operators, and numerous other Navy personnel and civilian shipyard workers would have had little access to the protective equipment and awareness training that is now mandatory, being more prone to inhalation of asbestos fibers throughout long shifts. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Sederstrom (DE-31), you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation.

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Shipmates on USS Sederstrom (DE-31)

Truxton Clayton King

Milton Ramon Lentz

William Lee Simpson

Robert D. Young

Joseph Leon George