ZBuilt by Western Pipe and Steel Company, the USS Tills was a destroyer escort built in 1943. Asbestos was found throughout the ship.
USS Tills (DE 748) – Destroyer Escort
Classification: Destroyer Escort
Status: Sunk as a target off the coast of Virginia in April of 1969
Launch Date: 10/3/1943
Commission Date: 8/8/1944
Decommission Date: 9/23/1968
The USS Tills conducted hunter-killer operations between the Marshall Islands and Hawaii, and several training and availability missions alongside other ships. She then escorted small carriers around Okinawa as they steamed toward Sakishima. After the war she was re-commissioned as a training ship. USS Tills operated off the east coast as a training vessel, interrupted twice by cruises to European waters. She continued training missions and exercises until the end of her career.
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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