USS ABSD-7 Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS ABSD-7 was a 7-section large auxiliary floating dry-dock built in Louisiana and commissioned on March 1, 1945, for the US Navy. It conducted operations for 16 years before being reclassified first in August 1946 as AFDB-7 and secondly in 1961 as Los Alamos. It was 825 feet long, with a beam of 246 feet and a complement of 187 people on board. It was decommissioned on December 5, 1994, and struck from the Naval Register the same day, but sections A to E and section G was transferred to the Brownsville Navigation District and are active since 1995. Unfortunately, section F sunk on July 19, 2001. Navy veterans faced hazards of all varieties during their service, but one major hazard they faced was something they literally couldn’t even see: asbestos - a naturally occurring mineral that has inherent fireproofing, heat-resistant, and flame-retardant properties. Individuals who breathe in asbestos particles develop inflammation and scarring in their lungs later in life. Asbestos is a known carcinogen, therefore, those exposed to it are vulnerable to certain cancers. Some of these include cancers of the esophagus, larynx, oral cavity, stomach, colon, and rectum.

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Shipmates on USS ABSD-7

EDWARD HENRY LINDORFER

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

RICHARD LEON BAIN

74 years old

Dead

GERALD RELATIVO DIZON

74 years old

Alive

STANLEY LEE FRENCH

89 years old

Alive

GEORGE W. HARRIS III

55 years old

Alive

FRANCIS X. LINSE

73 years old

Alive

DANIEL JOHN CORNEY

60 years old

Alive

DAVID MICHAEL HARPER

unknown age

Uncertain N/A