USS Avery Island (AG-76) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Avery Island was a miscellaneous auxiliary ship belonging to the Basilan-class built under a MARCOM contract by the New England Shipbuilding Corporation and launched in December 1944. During the war, the ship was responsible for the transportation of cargo and troops. After the war, the USS Avery Island sailed for Pearl Harbor where it loaded troops and left for Japan. After returning on the West Coast where it underwent revisions, the vessel sailed for Bikini Atoll to carry out instrumentation tests as part of the Operation Crossroads, special tests with the aim to assess the effects of atomic bombs on ships. After its radiological decontamination operations, the ship was decommissioned and placed in the reserve fleet where it remained until 1951. At that point, the vessel was allocated to the US Maritime Administration and later sold for scrapping. 

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 Avery Island (AG-76)

Lewis C. Angellar

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

William Barkowski

90 years old

Dead

William Edward Basista

89 years old

Dead

Marshall Ovid Beilke

90 years old

Dead

Frederic Hector Blaser

92 years old

Dead

Norman Ernest Denslow

76 years old

Dead

Salvatore N. Golemme

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

Robert Armin Groth

89 years old

Dead

Frederick Vanalstyne Gwyer

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

James Frederick Hornshaw

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

Irving E. Jordan

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

Howard Koets

90 years old

Dead

Eugene Lake

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

Richard L. Lehr Sr.

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

John H. Miller Jr.

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

Austin Monlea

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

Charles Arthur Staunton Jr.

Died on 02/06/2017

Dead

Joseph Hess Steenblik

88 years old

Dead

Peter Anthony Zaphyr

89 years old

Dead

John Zieserl Jr.

90 years old

Dead