USS Stephen Potter

Information about asbestos exposure on the USS Stephen Potter

USS Stephen Potter (DD 538) - Fletcher Class Destroyer

Classification: Destroyer

Status: Disposed of by Navy Sale

Fleet: Pacific/Atlantic

Launch Date: 4/28/1943
Commission Date: 10/21/1943
Decommission Date: 4/28/1958

USS Stephen Potter screened and escorted aircraft carriers in the Pacific throughout 1944. During the Battle of the Philippine Sea, she rescued seven downed pilots from the water. She received 12 battle stars for her World War II service. After the war, she was decommissioned and placed in "moth balls." However in 1951 she was re-commissioned and the USS Stephen Potter joined the United Nations Fleet off the east coast of Korea and operated there until the cessation of hostilities.

Destroyers serve as quick and easily maneuvered warships which generally escort larger ships in the fleet. They also serve as protection for the larger ships from torpedo and submarine attacks. Destroyers were usually outfitted with anti-aircraft guns and anti-submarine weapons, however, despite being heavily armed and prepared for any emergency, destroyers were the most frequently sunk ship during World War II. The men on these ships faced a number on dangers on a day to day basis. A danger they faced, unknowingly, was Asbestos. Asbestos was found in a number of areas on these ships, in particular the insulation that lined piping.

Anyone who served on a destroyer should speak with their doctor regarding asbestos related diseases, such as Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer, and the treatment options available.

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