USS Whitney (AD-4) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Whitney (AD-4) was a Dobbin-class destroyer tender laid down on April 23, 1921, and launched on October 12, 1923. It was commissioned on September 2, 1924, with the hull number AD-4 and served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years until it was decommissioned on October 22, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 416 people on board. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold for scrapping to Dulien Ship Products in 1948.

In the early 1800s, asbestos began to be widely used by manufacturers because it was a cheap, flexible, and durable alternative to the products that were available on the market. Onboard Navy ships, steam and hot water pipes, boilers, and tanks in machinery space were insulated with an asbestos blanket or asbestos paper tape. If damaged, repaired, or removed improperly these materials may release fibers into the air.

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Shipmates on USS Whitney (AD-4)

William Edwin Altic

John Paul Barber

Matthew Jacob Berchem

Colin Campbell

Andrew Michael Chuba

Henry Consiglio

Carl Freberg

Bruce Lawrence Freeman

John Pyatt Gaskill

Howard Oscar Gilcrease

Harold Mylo Hansman

George Hreha

Milton Mapou

Henry Otto Proehl

John Watson Rampley

John Davis Rogers Jr.

Dean B. Seiler

Perl Davis Smith

Francis Pugh Thomas

Albert Nicholas Young Sr.