USS Woodbury (DD-309) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Woodbury (DD-309) was a Clemson-class destroyer in the United States Navy, named for Levi Woodbury, an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and a U.S. Senator, the 9th Governor of New Hampshire. The ship was laid down on 3 October 1918 at San Francisco, California, by the Union Iron Works plant of the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation; launched on 6 February 1919; reclassified DD-309 on 17 July 1920; and commissioned at the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, on 20 October 1920, with Lieutenant Commander Frank L. Lowe in command. If you worked on Navy ships during or after WWII, you were almost certainly exposed to asbestos. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they accumulate in the lungs and impair the lungs' capacity to function. Asbestos exposure is linked to severe cancers such as mesothelioma and lung cancer, with symptoms appearing 10 to 50 years after exposure. Navy veterans who became ill after being exposed to this hazardous substance while serving are now entitled to free health treatment, disability compensation, and other VA benefits.

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