USS Wagner (DE-539) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control RoomDamage Control Room
  • Pump RoomPump Room
  • Propulsion RoomPropulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot MagazinePowder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward RoomWard Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

  • Junior Officers QuartersJunior Officers Quarters
  • Sick BaySick Bay
  • Mess DeckMess Deck
  • ReeferReefer
  • Pilot HousePilot House
  • Admiral's CabinAdmiral's Cabin
  • GalleyGalley


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USS Wagner was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on November 8, 1943 and launched on December 27, the same year. It was commissioned on November 22, 1955 under Lt. Cmdr. Edward A. Riley’s command as DE-539 and served in the US Navy for 5 years until it was decommissioned on March 31, 1960. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had the main missions in Roosevelt Roads, Boston or Newport. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 1, 1974 and used as a target ship during training exercises the following year. 

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