Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation built the USS Mullany in 1942. Many of the materials used on construction contained asbestos.
USS Mullany (DD 528) – Fletcher Class Destroyer
Status: Disposed of through transfer
Launch Date: 10/10/1942
Commission Date: 4/23/1943
Decommission Date: 10/6/1971
USS Mullany escorted troop transports for the invasion of Okinawa. On April 6, 1945, she sustained a kamikaze hit that slammed into the after deckhouse, followed shortly by the ships own depth charge exploding. An hour after this attack, a report was made that the bulkhead of one of the aft magazines was hot and an explosion was imminent. Skipper Commander Momm ordered the crew to abandon ship. The USS Gherardi stood by to take on survivors while her rescue team attempted to extinguish the flames. The hot magazine did not explode because the compartment was flooded, so the Commander took a skeleton crew back aboard and determined that they would be able to light one boiler and limp back to Pearl Harbor. Courage and determination of the crew saved the ship, but sadly 21 of her crew were killed, 9 missing, and 36 wounded. The USS Mullany received seven battle stars for her service during World War II. After the war, she made three peace keeping missions to the Mediterranean with the 6th fleet. She also participated in the Vietnam 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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