SS John Burke Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The SS John Burke was an American Liberty Ship used during World War II as a cargo ship. The ship was named after John Burke, the 10th Governor of North Dakota. The ship was built at Kaiser Shipbuilding Company in Portland, Oregon, and launched in December 1942. Like most other Liberty Ships, the SS John Burke carried war cargo and passengers between the US and the Pacific War areas such as Pearl Harbor, Australia, Guadalcanal, Hollandia, and Manaus. The ship’s last mission was to support the invasion on the island of Mindoro with munitions from Guam. Once hailed as a miraculous mineral, asbestos was discovered to be a menace to health. Exposure to asbestos was linked to more than 10 different asbestos-related diseases including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. If you currently experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, and /or difficulty breathing, it might mean that you have developed lung cancer or mesothelioma after you have been exposed to asbestos. We recommend you to seek medical attention as soon as possible, as it is crucial when dealing with these types of diseases to detected them early. 

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Shipmates on SS John Burke