USS Sampson DDG-102 (1938-1945)
The USS Sampson was a Somers-class destroyer built in Bath, Maine. She was commissioned in August of 1938 and her shakedown cruise took place in Europe. She was first assigned to the East Coast of the United States until April of 1939 when she was sent over to the Pacific. She returned to the Atlantic in July of 1940 to help with the Neutrality Patrols in Newfoundland. She then began escort duties in the summer of 1941 and anti-submarine patrols when the United States become part of World War II.
Action in World War II
In the early months of 1942, the Sampson was sent down to Panama and there for the next year, performing escort and patrol duty. She was ordered to the Southwest Pacific in August of 1943 as an escort. The Sampson attacked a Japanese submarine assisted in the bombarding of the island of Kavieng in the New Ireland chain in March of 1944. The Sampson then toured with the Seventh Fleet and took part in the amphibious invasion of the Northern Shore of the New Guinea Islands.
After the War
The Sampson was assigned as an escort for the convoys going across the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea. Her active duty career came to an end in November of 1945 when she was placed out of commission. She was sold in 1946.
Asbestos in Navy Ships
Although an essential component of the naval fleet, especially during World War II, naval destroyers also pose a lasting health risk to soldiers serving on them. Unfortunately, products containing asbestos were common, especially on older ships, because of the material’s high resistance to heat and fire. Despite its value as an insulator, asbestos fiber intake can lead to several serious health consequences, including mesothelioma, a devastating cancer without cure. Current and former military personnel who came into contact with these ships should seek immediate medical attention in order to detect possible health consequences associated with asbestos exposure.