USS Witter (DE-636) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Witter (DE-636) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on April 28, 1943, and launched on October 17, the same year. It was commissioned on December 29, 1943, under Comdr. Alan C. Davis’ command with the hull number DE-636 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on October 29, 1945. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and had its main missions in the Gilbert, the Solomons, New Guinea, the Philippines, the Marianas, Okinawa, and the United States. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 16, 1945. One year later, in 1946 the ship was sold for scrapping. Friable asbestos is any asbestos material that can be easily crumbled to powder by hand. Common examples are thermal insulation for pipes, various types of plaster, insulation boards, pipe lagging, and sprayed coatings. Breathing these fibers causes serious pulmonary conditions such as asbestosis, lung scarring, pulmonary fibrosis, COPD, emphysema, pleural effusion, pleural thickening, pleural plaques, and rounded atelectasis among many others.

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Shipmates on USS Witter (DE-636)

Frank Ewart Adams Jr.

Hiram Augustus Miller

Bruno Rudolph Naczkowski

Charles Otto Peterson

Paul Thomas Silance