USS Weaver (DE-741) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Weaver (DE-741) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort laid down on March 13, 1943, and launched on July 4, the same year. It was commissioned on December 31, 1943, under Lt. Cmdr. R. S. Paret’s command with the hull number DE-741 and served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on July 3, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 216 men on board and had its main missions in San Francisco, Majuro, Truk, Satawan, Ponape, Saipan, Eniwetok, Ulithi or the Carolines. After the decommissioning, the ship was sold to Peru where it was renamed BAP Rodriguez (DE-163). For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Weaver received 9 battle stars.

Once asbestos is damaged in any way it’s easily breakable or "friable". The confined spaces such as engine room or boiler room and lack of proper ventilation left all naval personnel defenseless against the millions of asbestos fibers released into the air. Asbestos was mainly used in the boiler and engine rooms, galley, and sleeping quarters. If you’re a Navy veteran legal help is available to receive compensation for your medical bills and emotional strain.

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Shipmates on USS Weaver (DE-741)

norman arthur core jr

leo lawrence dilley

elba mead dodge jr

john richard ravita

daniel g. fisher

burdean pete gubi

forrest d. harwick

michael r. jablonsky

paul edison maust

ralph egon tingwall