USS Varian (DE-798) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Varian (DE-798) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on August 27, 1943, and launched on November 6, the same year. It was commissioned on February 29, 1944, under Lt. Comdr. C. W. Petrie’s command with the hull number DE-798 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on March 15, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and had the main missions in Bizerte, Boston, Puerto Rico, New London, Hampton Roads, Florida, Miami, and New Haven. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on December 1, 1972. Because it was inexpensive, effective, and especially abundant, asbestos was included as filler in many different products throughout many different industries, including the shipbuilding industry where it was widely used to insulate boilers, steam pipes, and engines aboard ships. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Varian (DE-798), we encourage you to get a chest X-ray in order to check the pleural lining around the lungs for signs of asbestos exposure such as pleural fibrosis and calcification.

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Shipmates on USS Varian (DE-798)

Donald Leon Rodkey

Allen Russell Whorf