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USS Beatty (DD-756)

The USS Beatty (DD-756) served in the U.S. Navy for two and a half decades during the middle of the 20th century. She was named for Frank Edmund Beatty, a U.S. Navy officer around the turn of the 20th century. Beatty was built as an Allen M. Sumner-class ship.

Construction

Beatty was laid down in Staten Island, New York by Bethlehem Steel in July 1944. She was launched in November 1944 and commissioned in March 1945, with Commander M.T. Munger at the helm. Beatty carried a crew of 336 and offered a cruising speed of 36.5 knots. She was armed with six five-inch anti-aircraft guns, twelve 40-millimeter anti-aircraft guns, eleven 20-millimeter anti-aircraft guns, and ten 21-inch torpedo tubes.

Naval History

Beatty began her service in the Atlantic in June 1945, where she cruised to the Caribbean and operated in Chesapeake Bay. In November 1945, she was deployed to the Pacific. She arrived at San Diego on the 25th, but never ventured further into the Pacific theater. After several months of operations along the west coast, Beatty returned to the Atlantic in March 1946.

In 1947, Beatty began a several-month stint as a patrol vessel in the waters of northern Europe. At the end of 1948, she completed her first voyage to the Mediterranean, including patrol duty in and around Haifa, Israel during the Arab-Israeli dispute of that year.

Beatty then returned to the east coast of the U.S. and spent the next several months patrolling from Rhode Island to the Caribbean. March 1951 included another cruise to the Caribbean, and the fall of 1951 marked a major change to Beatty’s deployment when she was sent to Japan. There, she participated in patrol and blockade duties off the Korean coast and supported bombardments at Tanchon, Songjin, Chongjin, and Wonsan.

Beatty left the Korea region in February 1951, bound for the Mediterranean via Hong Kong, Singapore, Ceylon, and the Suez Canal. The tour lasted for approximately 15 months, and the ship returned to the U.S. in April 1952. The following two decades included additional tours of the Mediterranean and duties along the east coast before the ship was decommissioned in 1972. Beatty was transferred to Venezuela and renamed Carabobo. She was eventually scrapped in 1981.

Asbestos Risk on the USS Beatty (DD-756)

Those veterans serving on the USS Beatty may have been exposed to asbestos. Some sailors, however, had a larger risk of exposure and included those working in the engine rooms, pump rooms, boiler rooms and those responsible for repairing ship damage from battle. Shipyard workers, whether responsible for constructing a new vessel or modifying or repairing damage to an existing ship, were also at risk of being exposed to asbestos in dangerous quantities.

Asbestos, which was used extensively in the 20th century in shipbuilding, was a preferred material for insulating and fire-proofing machinery on ships as well as compartments like mess halls and sleeping quarters. It was also discovered to be a known carcinogen and cause of mesothelioma, a type of asbestos cancer. Unfortunately this information was made public long after countless thousands of veterans had already been exposed to the harmful substance in large quantity while serving on ships like the USS Beatty. Today, these veterans could have a significant risk of developing mesothelioma. For more information please fill out the form on this page and we will get some out to you right away.

Sources
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog

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