The USS Borie (DD-215) served in the US Navy for nearly two-and-a-half decades in the early 20th century, and received three battle stars for her service in World War II as well as the Presidential Unit Citation. Borie was named for Adolph Edward Borie who served as the Secretary of the Navy under President Ulysses S. Grant. Borie was designed as a Clemson-class ship.
Borie was laid down in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by the William Cramp & Sons Ship & Engine Building Company in April 1919, launched in October, and commissioned in March 1920 with Lieutenant Commander E.F. Clement in command. Carrying a crew of 114, Borie was 314 feet, five inches long and was armed with four 4-inch rapid-fire guns, one three-inch anti-aircraft gun, and twelve 21-inch torpedo tubes.
Borie was assigned to the United States Naval Detachment in April 1920, and served in the Black Sea and the waters off of Turkey. In 1921, Borie was deployed to Destroyer Division 38, Asiatic Fleet for four years and operated between the Philippine Islands during the winter and between Chefoo and Shanghai, China in the summertime. She then conducted patrols in the Caribbean until the spring of 1927, and operated with the Atlantic Fleet until 1929 before returning to the Asiatic Fleet for a three-year tour.
Borie remained at San Diego during 1932 and 1933, for conversion to a Squadron Leader, and was assigned to Destroyer Squadron 2, Battle Force. Continuing destroyer duty until late 1939, Borie joined the Neutrality Patrol and served on the Inshore Patrol, 15th Naval District, in Panama Bay. Borie continued patrol and escort duty in the Caribbean following her service in Panama. In July 1943, Borie joined the submarine hunter-killer group with Card and conducted four patrols with the group in the Atlantic.
In November 1943, Borie encountered German submarine U-405 and rammed her, sinking the enemy sub. Borie lost 27 men and was severely damaged in the collision. She could not be towed back to port and was sunk by USS Barry.
Asbestos Risk on the USS Borie (DD-215)
Installing asbestos in the construction of marine vessels was required by law in the United States in the early 1930s, after a deadly fire on the SS Morro Castle killed more than 100 people. Vessels like Borie deployed asbestos-containing materials in great quantities around engines and engineering spaces, as well as to insulate steam pipes in all parts of the ship. When an asbestos-based product becomes worn it can become friable, meaning that individual fibers can break off and enter the air, allowing them to be breathed in by sailors or shipfitters, increasing the odds of developing mesothelioma. The harm done by asbestos occurs when tiny particles are inhaled; they invade the lungs and sometimes the stomach, leading to scar tissue in the case of asbestosis and damage at the cellular level in the case of lung cancer and mesothelioma.
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Haze Gray & Underway. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. DD-215.
http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/destroy/dd215txt.htm Retrieved 28 December 2010.
NavSource Naval History, USS Borie (DD-215).
http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/215.htm Retrieved 28 December 2010.