The USS Rooks was a Destroyer with a noted record during WWII. Built using asbestos, many veterans and shipyard workers who served or worked on her now suffer from mesothelioma.
USS Rooks (DD 804) – Fletcher Class Destroyer
Status: Disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP), Foreign Military Sale or Lease
Launch Date: 6/6/1944
Commission Date: 9/2/1944
Decommission Date: 7/26/1962
USS Rooks arrived at Iwo Jima on D-Day in 1945, where she off loaded troops then assumed duties as a radar picket vessel. That afternoon, she moved to the southeastern corner of the island and silenced several enemy batteries. She then proceeded to Okinawa where she began an 87 day shore bombardment. USS Rooks is credited with shooting down six enemy aircraft during the battle of Okinawa. She earned three battle stars for her service in World War II and two battle stars for her service in the Korean 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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