The USS Borie was built during WWII using materials and parts contaminated with asbestos. Asbestos was found in a number of areas, in particular the insulation that lined piping.
USS Borie (DD 704) – Allen M. Sumner Class Destroyer
Status: Disposed of through Navy sale
Launch Date: 7/4/1944
Commission Date: 9/21/1944
Decommission Date: 7/1/1972
USS Borie joined the Pacific fleet in World War II and took part in the Iwo Jima bombardment and invasion. A kamikaze crashed into her superstructure between the mast and the gun director which caused extensive damage and ended up killing 48 men and wounding 66. As part of the Atlantic fleet after the war, she made several cruises to Europe and the Mediterranean. She did make one cruise to Korea while part of the Atlantic fleet where she took part in the Hungnam Evacuation. She has a few notable missions, such as the recovery of the Project Mercury Nose Cone and Sam, the space monkey. She also rescued Cubans seeking asylum in the United States before joining the blockade during the Cuban Missile Crisis. During Vietnam, she served in the Tonkin Gulf on plane guard and radar picket duty. The USS Borie received three battle stars for her World War II service and four battle stars for her participation in the Korean War.
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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