The USS De Haven (DD-727) served in the U.S. Navy for nearly three decades in the mid-20th century. She was named for Edwin Jess De Haven who served in the Wilkes Exploring Expedition, the Mexican War, and in the Grinnell Rescue Expedition in 1850. De Haven was commissioned as a member of the Allen M. Sumner class of destroyers.
De Haven was laid down at Bath, Maine by the Bath Iron Works Corporation in August 1943, launched in January 1944, and commissioned in March with Commander J. B. Dimmick in command. Carrying a crew of 336, De Haven 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.
De Haven was deployed out of Norfolk, Virginia to the Pacific as an escort for Ranger en route to Pearl Harbor. After screening a convoy to Eniwetok in August, De Haven then protected aircraft carriers sailing to Luzon for the invasion of Leyte in November and December 1944. During the invasion of Lingayen Gulf, De Haven served with the force on strikes at Luzon, Formosa, and Okinawa into January 1945. The destroyer also served during preparations for the assaults on Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and provided fire support for troops during the invasions.
De Haven operated with Task Force 38 during bombardments of the Japanese home islands until World War II ended. She then served off the China coast and conducted patrols off Japan. In 1948 and 1949, De Haven operated off the west coast and departed for a tour of the western Pacific in May 1950. De Haven was deployed for patrol duty off the coast of Korea in 1950, and conducted screening, patrol, communications, and fire support duties throughout the Korean War.
De Haven returned to San Diego in November, and then embarked on a second tour of duty off Korea from June 1051 to February 1952 for service on the blockade patrol. In September, De Haven returned to the area to serve as flagship for vessels patrolling the ChingJin-Songjin-Chaho region. From April on, De Haven conducted six more voyages to the Far East before undergoing FRAM overhaul at San Francisco in 1960. De Haven was decommissioned in 1973, transferred to South Korea, and then used for scrap in 1993.
Asbestos Risk on the USS De Haven (DD-727)
Every section of the USS De Haven presented at least some level of asbestos exposure risk to those serving on board her. Some of the sections within the ship posed a greater risk, however, such as those that contained pumps and engines as they required a great deal of insulation. At the time that the ship was built, most insulating products contained asbestos because it was an excellent protector against extreme heat and fire. Similarly, the engine and boiler areas of the USS De Haven utilized large quantities of insulation to insulate pipes, to protect boilers, and to protect parts of the ship's motors or steam turbines. Asbestos could also be found in cement, adhesives, mortar, gaskets and valves, common materials used in shipbuilding. Working with and around asbestos containing products presented those on board the USS De Haven with a significant threat for developing an asbestos disease such as mesothelioma.
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Haze Gray & Underway. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. DD-727.
(http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/destroy/dd727txt.htm) Retrieved 10 February 2011.
NavSource Naval History. USS De Haven (DD-727).
(http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/727.htm) Retrieved 10 February 2011.