The USS Everett F. Larson (DD-830) served in the U.S. Navy for three decades in the mid-20th century. She was named for Private First Class Everett Frederick Larson who was posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal for his service at Guadalcanal during the Second World War. Everett F. Larson was built as a Gearing-class naval ship.
Everett F. Larson was laid down at Bath, Maine by the Bath Iron Works Corporation in September 1944, launched in January 1945, and commissioned in April with Commander Horace Myers in command. Carrying a crew of 336, Everett F. Larson was 390 feet, six inches in length and 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.
Everett F. Larson departed Boston in August 1946 and entered Tokyo Bay in late-September. During this deployment, Everett F. Larson served during the occupation of Japan, and also operated during the Marine landings at Taku, China in October. The destroyer also participated in Operation Road’s End for the sinking of captured Japanese submarines, in April 1946. Everett F. Larson returned to San Diego, California in December and then was relocated to Newport, Rhode Island in March 1947.
Everett F. Larson was deployed on seven tours of duty in the Mediterranean over the next nine years. While operating with the 6th Fleet, the destroyer conducted patrols off Palestine and participated in NATO training operations in 1948 and 1955. Everett F. Larson also took part in anti-submarine warfare exercises while serving off the east coast, as well as training duties in the Caribbean.
Everett F. Larson changed home ports to Long Beach, California in June 1956, and then operated along the California coast up to Seattle, Washington. Deployments to the Far East included patrols off Taiwan, escort duty with Task Force 77 aircraft carriers, and fleet exercises in the Philippines and off Okinawa. Everett F. Larson was overhauled and modernized by January 1963, and remained in commission until October 1972. Transferred to South Korea in October 1972, Everett F. Larson was struck from the U.S. Navy list in June 1975, renamed Jeong Buk by South Korea, and was decommissioned and preserved as a museum there in 1999.
Asbestos Risk on the USS Everett F. Larson (DD-830)
Because asbestos was used in so many products, it could be found in almost every compartment on a ship like the USS Everett. Some areas of the ship deployed asbestos more widely than did others. The engine and power compartments on Everett F. Larson installed asbestos-containing materials in large quantities to insulate conduits, to protect steam boilers, and to protect parts of the ship's motors or power plant. The remaining compartments of the vessel also were contaminated by asbestos, in particular the crew mess and food preparation areas, bunk areas, fuel storage compartments, ammo lockers, and any compartment which had industrial equipment.
The development of malignant mesothelioma is strongly correlated with the quantity and duration of asbestos exposure that a person is subjected to over time. Damaged asbestos generally produces higher levels of exposure, as asbestos insulation that is worn or damaged can become friable. Damaged asbestos material that has entered the air as fine dust particles is more easily inhaled by those working with it.
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Haze Gray & Underway. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. DD-830.
(http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/destroy/dd830txt.htm) Retrieved 19 February 2011.
NavSource Naval History. Everett F. Larson (DD-830).
(http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/830.htm) Retrieved 19 February 2011.