USS Copahee (CVE-12) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Copahee (CVE-12) was a Bogue-class escort aircraft carrier laid down on June 18, 1941, and launched on October 21, the same year. It was commissioned on June 15, 1942, under Capt. J. G. Farrell’s command with the hull number CVE-12 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on July 5, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 890 men on board and had its main missions in Alameda, Pearl Harbor, Nouméa, Fiji, Cuba, Brisbane, and Eniwetok. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on March 1, 1959, and subsequently sold for scrapping. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Copahee received 1 battle star. The U.S. shipbuilding industry successfully produced ships in diverse designs and purposes, with many asbestos-containing components during a time when the extent of its dangers was not known. Because asbestos resists fire and heat, it was commonly used in the gaskets, insulation, and surrounds for high-pressure water-tube boilers widely used on ships, particularly warships.

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Shipmates on USS Copahee (CVE-12)

Herbert Cecil Bass

Vincent John Bensi Jr.

Joseph John Boyda

Delbert D. Brisbin

Jesse L. Burkhead

Glenn Edward Collins

Floyd Carr

Richard Cord

Harry Joseph Doyle

Ernest Lee Harris

Daniel R. Hegarty

Wayne Raymond Heeren

Ralph Edward Jennings

George W. Hutton Jr.

Isaac Townsend Young Jr.

Charles Milton Rohrbaugh

John A. Sullivan

George Robert Troller

James Splas Nelson