USS Swenning (DE-394) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Swenning (DE-394) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on July 17, 1943, and launched on September 13, the same year. It was commissioned on December 1, 1943, under Lt. Richard E. Peek’s command with the hull number DE-394 and served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on September 25, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Charleston, New York, Norfolk, Casablanca, the Panama Canal, Pearl Harbor, Florida, Guantanamo, Eniwetok, and Casco Bay. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1972, and sold for scrapping to Northern Metals Corporation in Philadelphia in 1974. The properties in asbestos fibers created a mineral that was exceptionally durable, excellent for insulating, and completely unaffected and resistant to fire. Over the past century, asbestos was a widely-used ingredient in a multitude of insulation materials. Navy veterans exposed to asbestos during their service are entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering, and an experienced legal practitioner can help investigate and pursue potential claims.

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Shipmates on USS Swenning (DE-394)

Alfred J. Gregory Jr.

Michael Peter Pulese

Richard R. Savage