USS William Seiverling (DE-441) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS William Seiverling (DE-441) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort laid down on December 2, 1943, and launched on March 7, the following year. It was commissioned on June 1, 1944, under Lt. Cmdr. Charles Francis Adams’ command as DE-441 and served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years until it was decommissioned on September 27, 1957. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 215 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Panama, Bermuda, Ulithi, Okinawa, Iwo Jima, and Luzon. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 1, 1972, and sold for scrapping to Levin Metals Corporation in San Jose in 1973. There are millions of Navy veterans whose exposure to asbestos between the 1930s up to the mid-1970s placed them at risk of asbestos-related disease today. The keys to increased life expectancy when battling asbestos-related lung cancer, and other aggressive cancers such as mesothelioma, are increased awareness about asbestos, screening programs, and early detection. Each screening involves a brief physical exam including a review of the individual’s medical history and work history including occupations in which the patient may have been exposed directly to asbestos.

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Shipmates on USS William Seiverling (DE-441)

Pasquale Francis Cancilla

Michael Kent Caverly

Norman Lee Ehren

William F. Getch Jr.

Louis B. Lisenby

Henry Jasper Love Jr.

James H. Moshovitis

William W. Stickley

Loris R. Trammell

Robert James Walker