USS Tisdale (DE-33) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Tisdale (DE-33) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on January 23, 1943, and launched on June 28, the same year. It was commissioned on October 11, 1943, under Lt. Cmdr. Theodore Wolcott’s command with the hull number DE-33 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on October 12, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 198 people on board and had its main missions in Pearl Harbor, Tarawa, Okinawa, Manus, Guam, Ulithi, the Gilberts, Saipan, and San Francisco. 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 1948. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Tisdale received 4 battle stars. The most common asbestos used in the insulation of the ships is crocidolite, which while it has the highest heat resistance, is also the most dangerous type of asbestos. Between World War II and the late-1970, Navy veterans have been exposed to asbestos-containing products and materials without adequate safety precautions being taken, despite being a known fact that inhaling asbestos fibers can cause cancer.

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Shipmates on USS Tisdale (DE-33)

Robert Junior Ashburn

Richard Wayne Houston

Walter Francis Lynch

Stanley Ketchel

Gerald D. Provancha