Remembering U.S. Navy Admiral Elmo Zumwalt’s Heroism
The recent observance of Veteran’s Day brought to mind memories of Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, who was one of the most well-respected and loved men in the history of the U.S. Navy. Unfortunately, his service resulted in his death from mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure aboard naval ships. Here is a remembrance of Adm. Zumwalt, whose family we proudly represented against the asbestos companies responsible for his passing.
A Stellar Career
At the age of 49, Admiral Zumwalt became the youngest Chief of Naval Operations ever in 1970. During his four years at the helm, he was a driving force in spurring change. This included the provision of equal opportunities for women and racial minorities, and the elimination of outdated procedures. He took a head-on approach to several different challenges, such as drug abuse among enlisted personnel, and also created a mentoring program for the wives of sailors.
After losing his son to service-related leukemia in 1988 at the age of 42, Admiral Zumwalt became a tireless advocate for the health and safety of servicemen and women. No one person did more for sick veterans.
Admiral Zumwalt was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 1999 and passed away on January 2, 2000. Baron & Budd proudly represented his family in its personal injury case against the asbestos manufacturers responsible for his death. He will long be remembered fondly for his passion in helping to bring about positive change, and his efforts to protect the members of our military.