USS Yokes (APD-69) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Yokes (APD-69) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on August 22, 1943, and launched on November 27, the same year. It was commissioned on December 18, 1944, under Lt. Comdr. Paul E. Warfield’s command with the hull number APD-69 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on August 19, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 186 men on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Okinawa, Saipan, Hawaii, San Diego, the Marianas, San Pedro, and the Philippines. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 1, 1964. One year later, in 1965 it was sold for scrapping. Serving in the U.S. Navy comes with substantial risk – even decades after retirement. If you served your country in the Navy, Coast Guard, or Marines between the 1939s and 1980s, be on the alert for signs of asbestos-related diseases and consult a doctor immediately if you experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, persistent cough, and tightness in your chest.

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Shipmates on USS Yokes (APD-69)

Jessie Clifford Pigg

Robert Francis Barnard

Roland Damien Audette

Earnest Paul Smith