USS Altamaha (AVG-18/ACV-18/CVE-18) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Altamaha (AVG-18/ACV-18/CVE-18) was a Bogue-class escort aircraft carrier laid down on December 19, 1941, and launched on May 25, the following year. It was commissioned on September 15, 1942, under Capt. J. R. Tate’s command with the hull number CVE-18 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on September 27, 1946. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on March 1, 1959, and sold for scrapping on April 25, 1961, to Eisenberg & Co in New York City.

Asbestos was widely used throughout the Armed Forces, particularly in shipbuilding, due to its heat resistant properties and non-flammable nature. Shipyard trades associated with asbestos exposure include machinists, electricians, pipefitters, shipfitters, welders, boilermakers, heavy equipment mechanics, pipe coverers/insulators, carpenters, plumbers, and laborers. Even workers who did not directly handle asbestos materials were exposed to dust when asbestos work was performed in their vicinity.

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Shipmates on USS Altamaha (AVG-18/ACV-18/CVE-18)

William Brasch

John Murray Armitage

Robert E. Lee

John J. Eberle

Robert N. Elam

William Clovis Hendry

Rudolph Russell Keith

Austin Huntington Kiplinger

Emidio Joseph Mardarello

Carson Foch Montgomery

Alfred Clarence Olney

Allen M. Patten

William Alexander Sutherland

Peter J. Prato

Jackson Rogers Tate

Zigmont Zadroga

Lester Arthur Vanrooy