USS Richard E Kraus
Built by Bath Iron Works in 1945, this Gearing-class destroyer was decommissioned in 1976. Asbestos acted as an insulator throughout the ship.
USS Richard E Kraus (DD 849) (ex- AG 151) – Gearing Class Destroyer
Status: Disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP), transferred, cash sale, ex-US fleet hull foreign military sale case number assigned.
Fleet: 6 th/7 th
Launch Date: 3/2/1946
Commission Date: 5/23/1946
Decommission Date: 7/1/1976
The USS Richard E Kraus earned the title of one of the “Shootingest Ships” in the fleet because in her first six years she was engaged in ordinance development. In October and November of 1962 she served with the U.S. quarantine forces preventing the introduction of offensive missiles into Cuba. The USS Richard E Kraus also played a key role in Vietnam, earning two battle stars for her 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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