USS Achernar (AKA-53) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Achernar was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship laid down on September 6, 1943, and launched on December 3, 1943, with the hull number AKA-53. It was commissioned on January 31, 1944, under Comdr. H. R. Stevens’ command and served in the US Navy for 19 years until it was decommissioned on July 1, 1963. It carried a complement of 429 men on board. During World War II, the ship operated in Staten Island, Swansea, Plymouth, Baie de la Seine, Roseneath, Naples, Norfolk, Okinawa, San Pedro Bay, Philippine Islands, and Kerama Retto. It also participated in the Korean War and it had the main missions in Kobe, Sasebo, Suyeong, Yokosuka, Inchon, Moji, and the Aleutian Islands. Although it was decommissioned for the first time on February 18, 1956, the USS Achernar was reactivated on September 1, 1961. It was reclassified as an amphibious ship and operated mainly in the Virginia capes operating area. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Achernar received 3 battle stars and 3 battle stars for the activity during the Korean War, adding up a total of 6 battle stars. 

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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Shipmates on USS Achernar (AKA-53)

WAYNE T. INMAN

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CARL R. HUNSICKER

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ROBERT NEIL HAMILTON

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CLEVELAND GODWIN

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WILLIAM JOSEPH GLENN

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STANLEY R. GENSER

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JACK GANNON

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LARRY WALTER FRIDLEY

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JOHN J. FLOOD

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HOWARD A. DODDS

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HENRY TRIPP DEAN JR.

81 years old

Dead

THOMAS B. COOLEY

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JOHN JOSEPH CELIA

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JOE BILL CAESAR

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JOHN ANDREW BRASS

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GEORGE B. BRADBEER

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WALLACE REID BOWMAN

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WINIFRED RAY BLEDSOE

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JOHN WILLIAM BISTLINE

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DAVID H. BERRY

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GEORGE W. BENN

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HAROLD DEAN BEAN

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