USS Waterman (DE-740) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Waterman (DE-740) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on February 24, 1943, and launched on June 20, the same year. It was commissioned on November 30, 1943, under Lt. Cmdr. W. B. Hinds’ command with the hull number DE-740 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on May 31, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, Gilbert Islands, Marshall Islands, the Marianas, Eniwetok, Guam, and Saipan. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to Peru where it was renamed Aguirre (D-2). For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Waterman received 8 battle stars. If you are a Navy veteran with a history of asbestos exposure and you currently experience symptoms such as chest pain, visibly diminished breathing capacity, fatigue, loss of appetite, or unintentional weight loss, see your doctor right away. Although the X-ray cannot detect asbestos fibers, early signs of lung disease can. Lung function tests and high-resolution CT scans can also detect changes in your lungs.

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Shipmates on USS Waterman (DE-740)

James Angus Bishop Jr.

Victoriano Subia Aguirre

Lewis Rue Cooper