USS Hanson

Information about asbestos exposure on the USS Hanson

USS Hanson (DD 832) (ex-DDR 832) - Gearing Class Destroyer

Classification: Destroyer

Status: Disposed of in Support of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP), transferred, cash sale, ex-US fleet hull foreign military sale case number assigned.

Fleet: 6th/Pacific/7th

Launch Date: 3/11/1945
Commision Date: 5/11/4945
Decommision Date: 3/31/1973

The USS Hanson made several combat cruises to Korea during the war, and even took part in shore bombardment and search and rescue operations. In 1972, during the Vietnam War, she set sail for her last tour of duty as a US Naval Vessel, and this would also be her most fierce wartime effort. Arriving in North Vietnam with guns blazing, she took part in combat action "Operation Freedom Train" and engaged in a series of raids on the Haiphong complex. These raids lasted for a month, and the USS Hanson did sustain battle damage from direct and shrapnel hits. In September of 1972, she received word that US troops were in need of immediate assistance 40 miles away. She quickly steamed through dangerous waters consisting of shallow reefs and anti-ship mines to come to their aid, and effectively directed artillery rounds onto enemy troops saving all 120 US soldiers. The crew on this cruise was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Vietname Campaign Medal for their heroism in saving fellow US troops. The USS Hanson received eight battle stars for her service during the Korean War and seven battle stars for her service in the Vietnam War. She was later transferred to the Republic of China and after 31 years of service in China, she was sunk in the South China Sea as an artificial reef.

Destroyers serve as quick and easily maneuvered warships which generally escort larger ships in the fleet. They also serve as protection for the larger ships from torpedo and submarine attacks. Destroyers were usually outfitted with anti-aircraft guns and anti-submarine weapons, however, despite being heavily armed and prepared for any emergency, destroyers were the most frequently sunk ship during World War II. The men on these ships faced a number on dangers on a day to day basis. A danger they faced, unknowingly, was Asbestos. Asbestos was found in a number of areas on these ships, in particular the insulation that lined piping.

Anyone who served on a destroyer should speak with their doctor regarding asbestos related diseases, such as Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer, and the treatment options available.

We Can Help

Asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma lawsuits involving active-duty or retired members of the U.S. military involve additional, complex legal issues and considerations.

At Gori Julian & Associates, P.C., you'll find lawyers with extensive experience in military asbestos and mesothelioma cases, and a staff that is highly qualified and specially trained to assist us in handling these difficult cases. We also work diligently to help people living with mesothelioma obtain a trial date within six to nine months from the time their lawsuit is filed.

Nationwide Legal Help for People With
Asbestos Lung Cancer or Mesothelioma

St. Louis Area: 618-307-4085 / Toll Free: 888-362-6890

For a free case evaluation, please call our law offices directly or contact us online. An experienced attorney will be available to discuss your potential lawsuit, and to answer any questions you may have about the connection between asbestos exposure and deadly cancers such as mesothelioma, or your legal rights.