The USS Healy (DD-672) was commissioned in the U.S. Navy for a decade and a half in the mid-20th century. She was named for Commander Howard Raymond Healy who perished aboard Lexington during the Battle of the Coral Sea. Healy was laid down as a member of the Fletcher-class of destroyers.
Healy was laid down at Kearny, New Jersey by the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in March 1943, launched in July, and commissioned in September with Commander J. C. Atkeson in command. Featuring a length of 376 feet, five inches, Healy was armed with five 5-inch anti-aircraft guns, four 20-millimeter anti-aircraft guns, four 1.1 inch anti-aircraft guns, and ten 21-inch torpedo tubes.
Healy was deployed to the Pacific following east coast patrol duty, and was assigned to aircraft carrier screening duty in the Gilbert and Marshall Islands in January 1944. During this deployment, Healy operated with carriers Enterprise and Yorktown, and aided in eliminating the Japanese naval base at Truk. She then served in the Mariana Islands to protect the carriers during the Saipan, Tinian, and Guam strikes.
Healy protected Enterprise during the assaults on New Guinea in April 1944 and defended forces during the invasion of the Marianas in June. In July, Healy assisted in the strikes on the Palaus, and then sailed with the group for the Bonin and Volcano Islands in August before the force took aim on the Philippines in September. Healy and her group succeeded in sinking four Japanese aircraft carriers during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
Following a typhoon at Luzon in December, Healy conducted a search for survivors of sunken Hull, Monaghan, and Spence, and continued operating in the Philippines until the battle at Iwo Jima. Healy served as harbor control vessel during the surrender ceremonies at Tokyo Bay in August 1945.
Out of commission from July 1946 until August 1951 at Charleston, Healy was then assigned to duty in the Caribbean before embarking on a trip around the world in June 1953, which included coastal patrols off Korea from August to December. Healy then alternated between service as a training vessel and deployments to the Mediterranean until being decommissioned at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in March 1958. She was struck from the Navy list in December 1974 and sold for scrap to Luria Brothers and Company in April 1976.
Asbestos Risk on the USS Healy (DD-672)
Because of the superior heat and fireproofing properties of asbestos, asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) were found in virtually every compartment and corridor on the USS Healy. High concentrations of asbestos could be found in particular areas of the ship where fire had a higher chance of occurring, such as engineering and the boiler rooms as asbestos could be found in cement, glues, mortar, seals and other hardware in addition to insulation.
Greater exposure to asbestos, and particularly friable asbestos, amplifies a person's risk of being afflicted with mesothelioma cancer. When asbestos-contaminated material becomes worn or frayed, the microscopic fibers become "friable", which means it can be easily pulverized, allowing individual fibers to enter the air.
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Haze Gray & Underway. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. DD-672.
(http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/destroy/dd672txt.htm) Retrieved 2 February 2011.
NavSource Naval History. USS Healy (DD-672).
(http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/672.htm) Retrieved 2 February 2011.