USS Robert F Keller
A Destroyer Escort, the USS Robert F Keller was built using components contaminated with asbestos, a known carcinogen.
USS Robert F Keller (DE 419) – Navy Destroyer Escort
Classification: Destroyer Escort
Status: Disposed of by Navy Sale
Launch Date: 2/19/1944
Commission Date: 6/17/1944
Decommission Date: 4/24/1946
In 1944 the USS Robert F Keller was assigned to screen for aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) and conduct antisubmarine sweeps as a hunterkiller group in the Philippine Sea and adjacent waters. She also participated in the Iwo Jima campaign and Okinawa. In 1959, during the Berlin Crisis, she was manned by reserves steaming in the Atlantic and Caribbean.
Destroyer Escorts operated as a guide or companion ship for convoys of U.S. Naval ships. They were outfitted with technology that allowed them to spot other ships, aircraft, and submarines. These vessels also helped protect amphibious forces as they were landing on hostile beaches. Some even joined “hunter killer” forces in which the searched for and attacked enemy submarines. During World War II alone, escorts were credited with sinking 118 total enemy submarines. 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 escort should speak with their doctor regarding asbestos related diseases, such as Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer, and the treatment options available.
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