The USS John A. Bole (DD-755) served in the U.S. Navy for two and a half decades during the middle of the 20th century. She was named for John A. Bole, a U.S. Naval officer during the first half of the 20th century. John A. Bole was built as an Allen M. Sumner-class ship.
John A. Bole was laid down in Staten Island, New York by Bethlehem Steel in May 1944. She was launched in November 1944 and commissioned in March 1945, with Commander E.B. Billingsley at the helm. John A. Bole carried a crew of 336 and had a cruising speed of 36.5 knots. She 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.
John A. Bole began her service in the Pacific in June 1945. There, she participated in the strike on Wake Island and various picket and patrol duties. Upon the Japanese surrender in August, John A. Bole was dispatched to the East China and Yellow Seas to sweep for mines and support the occupation. After a stint carrying mail and transporting passengers, John A. Bole returned to the U.S. in March 1946.
In 1950, as the Korean War heated up, John A. Bole was again deployed to the war zone. There, she supported the amphibious assault on Inchon and escorted supply convoys. She returned to the U.S. in July 1952 for a period of repair and upgrades to her armaments, but quickly returned to Korea.
In 1954, John A. Bole supported the Formosa Patrol, participated in anti-submarine exercises near Okinawa, and joined carrier operations in the South China Sea. The following years included many voyages to points in the Pacific. Notable activities included serving as an air-sea rescue station ship for President Eisenhower’s flight across the Pacific in 1960 and bolstering naval strength near Laos.
After a fleet rehabilitation and modernization (FRAM) update in 1961, John A. Bole spent another six years operating in the Pacific. She returned to San Diego in September 1967 and was eventually decommissioned in 1970. She was later sold to Taiwan, where she was broken up and used for spare parts.
Asbestos Risk on the USS John A. Bole (DD-755)
On John A. Bole, as with other ships of her class, asbestos insulation was installed in most sections of the ship. Higher concentrations of asbestos insulation could be found in certain sections of the ship like the pump and boiler rooms. Even though contamination from asbestos was most widespread in compartments with machinery, it could be found all throughout the ship.
The incidence of mesothelioma is strongly associated with the length and amount of exposure to asbestos that someone experiences. Refits and repair operations posed a special danger to veterans because asbestos fibers would become disturbed while performing the work and enter the air where they could be inhaled or swallowed.
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Haze Gray & Underway. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. DD-755.
(http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/destroy/dd755txt.htm) Retrieved 12 February 2011.
NavSource Naval History, USS John A. Bole (DD-755).
(http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/755.htm) Retrieved 12 February 2011.