USNS Sgt. Andrew Miller (T-AK-242) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

Built by the Permanente Metals Corp between the 22nd of February and April 28, 1945, this Boulder Victory ship will come too late in the war to see any significant service. She is transferred to the US Army in July of 1946 where she is re-baptized as USNS Sgt. Andrew Miller. The newly formed Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) will acquire her in 1950 and put her to use carrying cargo for units being shipped to Korea and Japan. She will make a total of three runs between ports in Korea and US Pacific islands – Pearl Harbor and Hawaii – throughout 1950 and 1951 and was one of the ships used for the evacuation of Hungnam. In 1954, she will take part in Operation Passage to Freedom, transporting Vietnamese civilians to the south after the country’s partition, a mission she will have to repeat nearly two decades after, during the evacuation of Saigon, but this time destined for a home port.

Although she was struck sometime in the early 80s she most likely never received a retrofitting to replace all the asbestos heavily used in its construction, remaining a potential source of contamination for crew and passengers to the end of her life.

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

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