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USS Carmick (DD-493/DMS-33)

The USS Carmick (DD-493/DMS-33) was a Gleaves class destroyer in the US Navy during World War II and a high speed minesweeper in the Korean War. She was named for Major Daniel Carmick (1772-1816), an officer in the US Marine Corps.

Construction

Built in Seattle, WA, by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Company, Carmick was launched in March 1942, and commissioned in December under the command of Commander W. S. Whiteside.

Naval History

Carmick began her versatile and active years as an escort in the Atlantic protecting convoys. In June 1943, Carmick struck a submerged object in Casco Bay, ME, and returned to Boston to undergo repairs before resuming escort activities in the Atlantic. In January 1944, Carmick guarded the aircraft carrier, Hornet, during her shakedown and then escorted Wasp to Trinidad.

In March, Carmick joined Destroyer Squadron 18 and was assigned to hunter-killer operations. In April, she sailed to Plymouth, England, to prepare for her part in the invasion of Europe. On 6 June (D-Day), Carmick protected ships off Omaha Beach as an antisubmarine and anti E-boat screen. Carmick laid down heavy gunfire support with pin-point accuracy, wiping out enemy fortifications, as the first infantrymen landed on the beachhead. In the months that followed, Carmick assisted in preparations for the invasion of southern France, 15 August 1944. Shortly after the invasion, Carmick sank a Schnellboot, or torpedo boat, of the German Navy. In June 1945, after undergoing a conversion to a high speed minesweeper in Philadelphia, she was reclassified DMS-33.

In post-war years, with San Diego as her home port, she conducted local operations until the outbreak of the Korean War when her first tour for duty with the United Nations began, October 1950. Carmick penetrated the treacherous harbor at Chinnampo to sweep mines which earned her the Navy Unit Commendation. Following an overhaul and training exercises in San Diego, Carmick began her second Korean tour in 1952. In March 1953, Carmick returned to Long Beach, CA for overhaul before resuming operations with the Fleet School at San Diego.

February 1954, after preinactivation overhaul at San Francisco, she was placed out of commission in reserve and was reclassified DD-493 in July 1955.

Carmick received three battle stars for her service in World War II, and the Navy Unit Commendation and five battle stars for Korean War service.

Asbestos Risk on the USS Carmick (DD-493)

The Carmick posed a significant health risk to all her crew in the form of asbestos insulation and fireproofing used throughout the ship. Those that manned the engines, handled fire duties, or worked in damage control face the greatest likelihood of developing an asbestos related disease, but all sailors that were stationed aboard Carmick share some danger. The most serious issue is mesothelioma, an aggressive and often deadly cancer.

Even though all the armed forces used some asbestos products, Navy veterans are the most likely to suffer health consequences as a result of exposure. The close quarters and heavy concentration of asbestos products on ships like the Carmick are a likely cause for this disparity. If you served on this ship or any other vessel of this era and were later diagnosed with asbestos cancer, you should consult a mesothelioma attorney about your legal rights.

Sources

Sources

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/c3/carmick.htm

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