A Gearing-class destroyer. the USS Vesole was built by Consolidated Steel Corporation in 1944. Asbestos was found throughout the ship.
USS Vesole (DD 878) (ex-DDR 878) – Gearing Class Destroyer
Status: Disposed of in Support of Fleet Training Exercise
Fleet: Pacific/2 nd/6 th
Launch Date: 12/29/1944
Commission Date: 4/23/1945
Decommission Date: 12/01/1976
The USS Vesole patrolled the Pacific up and down the China coast and making stops at Japanese and Philippine ports after the war. In 1947 she cruised to the Atlantic conducting various exercises. She completed several training missions while in the Mediterranean before returning to the United States for duty along the east coast and in the Caribbean. During the 1950’s, she made routine deployments to the Mediterranean and the West Indies. The USS Vesole earned two battle stars for her service in the Vietnam Conflict.
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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