Built by Bath Iron Works during WWII, the USS Maddox was made using significant amounts of asbestos. Now, many who served on the destroyer suffer from asbestos and mesothelioma.
USS Maddox (DD 731) – Allen M. Sumner Class Destroyer
Status: Disposed of through Security Assistance Program (SAP), transferred, cash sale, ex-US fleet hull foreign military sale case number assigned.
Launch Date: 3/19/1944
Commission Date: 6/2/1944
Decommission Date: 1969
The USS Maddox was involved in the Gulf of Tonkin Incident in 1964. During the Vietnam War her tour consisted primarily of providing gunfire support. She received four battle stars for her World War II service and six for her Korean War service.
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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Asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma lawsuits involving active-duty or retired members of the U.S. military involve additional, complex legal issues and considerations.
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