Currently in the Patirots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, the USS Laffey was built in WWII and won five battle stars in the conflict. She was built using asbestos, and many who served on her were exposed to asbestos dust.
USS Laffey (DD 724) – Navy Destroyer
Status: Donated as a Museum and Memorial
(Currently Located at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, Mount Pleasant, SC).
Launch Date: 11/21/1943
Commission Date: 2/8/1944
Decommission Date: 3/29/1975
USS Laffey received the U.S. Presidential Unit Citation and five battle stars for World War II service, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and two battle stars for Korean War service, and the Meritorious Unit Commendation. The USS Laffey was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
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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