Merchant Sailors and Asbestos Exposure

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U.S. Navy service until the 1980s generated severe respiratory conditions for veterans whose military occupations exposed them to increased levels of asbestos. The long-term effects are extremely harmful to their health, and concern with the toxic mineral's impact on the lungs should be a top priority.

Merchant sailors were not part of the Navy, but an auxiliary unit, who encountered the same exposure outcome as the naval members.

All the supporting ships provided immeasurable contributions during World War II. Their role of carrying personnel, equipment, and supplies for the Allies had a significant logistical contribution to the war effort.

Aside from their land functions, the duties they had to perform aboard ranged from coordinating vessel or fleet workflow to standing lookout while taking chances. The occupations they had to fill ensured the proper functioning, operations, and activities of a ship, ensuring compliance with the established standards. Some dedicated members provided environmental guidance, surveyed seismic and other relevant data on the Earth and surfaces below.

These sailors were civilian volunteers with the U.S. Merchant Marine, providing everything that the armies needed to prevail in their battles. Unfortunately, the use of asbestos aboard ships, as insulation on boilers, gaskets, valves, and machinery, had significant health consequences for U.S. Navy veterans and merchant sailors alike, increasing the probability of developing asbestos-related lung diseases.

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