USS ABSD-4 Areas With Asbestos Exposure


The USS ABSD-4 was an auxiliary floating dry-dock, which was commissioned on March 30, 1944. The dates of the laying down and the delivery are unknown. Its operations were conducted during World War II in the Pacific theater. The command was taken by Dean H. Beeman, who operated with the crew in Seeadler Harbor, Manus Islands, and Admiralty Islands. It served the US Navy for only 2 years until it was decommissioned on May 1, 1946. After that, it was reclassified as AFDB-4, but the date is unknown. On April 15, 1989, it was struck from the Naval Register and sunk on a reef at Manus Islands Papua New Guinea. No amount of asbestos exposure is safe, due to its link to developing certain cancers. Therefore, many exposed veterans have a high risk of developing asbestos-related health issues. Those in the U.S. Navy from the 1930s to the 1970s are at the highest risk of developing these issues. Unfortunately, at that time, the government and veterans did not know about the dangers of using asbestos. Even though asbestos manufacturers knew the health risks, it was not until the mid-1970s that the public discovered that asbestos had disastrous effects on the body.

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Shipmates on USS ABSD-4