USS Wilhoite (DE-397) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Wilhoite (DE-397) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on August 4, 1943, and launched on October 5, the same year. It was commissioned on December 16, 1943, under Lt. Eli B. Roth’s command with the hull number DE-397 and served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years until it was decommissioned on July 2, 1969. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Charleston, New York, Norfolk, Guantanamo, the Panama Canal, Pearl Harbor, Saipan, Okinawa, Guam, Da Nang, and Casco Bay. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 2, 1969, and sold for scrapping to General Metals Corporation in Tacoma in 1972. Asbestos refers to a group of fibrous minerals used to strengthen and fireproof materials. When inhaled over extended periods of time, asbestos fibers become trapped in the body and cause diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, among many others. If you are a Navy veteran that served on the USS Wilhoite (DE-397), and your health has been affected by a condition caused by asbestos exposure while on active duty, you can take legal action against the companies legally responsible for exposing you to asbestos.

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Shipmates on USS Wilhoite (DE-397)

Robert T. Gergal

Bobby Gene Rider

Vinnie Sabia

Frank Anthony Scala

Will Hays