USS Truxtun (DD-14) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Truxtun (DD-14) was a Truxtun-class destroyer laid down on November 13, 1899, and launched on August 15, 1901. It was commissioned on September 11, 1902, under Lt. Archibald H. Davis’s command with the hull number DD-14 and served in the U.S. Navy for 17 years until it was decommissioned on July 18, 1919. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 78 men on board and had its main missions in Maine, Oyster Bay, Coast Squadron, Massachusetts, the Caribbean, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Panama, and Mexico. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on September 15, 1919. Several months later, on January 3, 1920, the ship was sold for scrapping. Those who have worked with asbestos materials or spent a long time surrounded by them, such as shipyard workers and Navy personnel are more vulnerable to asbestos exposure and the consequences of inhaling the fibers. The effects of asbestos exposure don’t arise until years after exposure. But once you have an asbestos-related illness, symptoms will include shortness of breath, persistent cough, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, swollen fingertips and toes that appear rounder and wider than normal, and loss of appetite with weight loss.

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Shipmates on USS Truxtun (DD-14)