Built by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation in 1943, the USS Trathen had a stellar career. She was built using asbestos as an insulator.
USS Trathen (DD 530) – Fletcher Class Destroyer
Status: Used as Target Hulk, November 1973, scrapped
Fleet: 7 th/Atlantic
Launch Date: 10/22/1942
Commission Date: 5/28/1943
Decommission Date: 5/11/1965
USS Trathen joined Task Force 11 immediately after training and began her first mission, reoccupation of Baker Island. She participated in gunnery exercises, acted as fire support, conducted antisubmarine patrols, screened ships, acted as plane guard, and conducted rescue missions during her time in the Pacific. She received eight battle stars for her service during World War II. USS Trathen participated in the Korean War as well, this time pounding railroad lines, trains, bunkers, and transformer stations as well as several antiaircraft and antisubmarine exercises. She earned one battle star for her service during 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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