USS Bashaw (SS-241) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

Laid down in 1942, the USS Bashaw won 5 battle stars for World War II activity. The submarine was launched on 25 July 1943, sponsored by Mrs. Florence Ives, wife of Captain Norman S. Ives (killed 2 August 1944 near Dol-en-Bretagne, France commanding a naval patrol), and commissioned on 25 October 1943, Lieutenant Commander Richard E. Nichols in command. It was built by General Dynamics Electric Boat during a time when asbestos was widely employed in shipbuilding. In 1969, the submarine was decommissioned and subsequently sold for scrap or sunk as a target.

Asbestos is a mineral with fine fibers shaped like needles that are so tiny that people usually cannot see them. If asbestos materials are ripped or otherwise damaged, these fine needle-like fibers are sent into the air. Once inhaled, these fibers can lodge in the lungs and cause irreversible damage. Asbestos-related diseases do not show up for 10-40 years after exposure, which can make it difficult for victims to pursue claims.

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Shipmates on USS Bashaw (SS-241)

robert k. bork

william franklin calvert

william gunther clautice

john oliver coppedge

eugene vernon crabb

frank cunha

adolph esposito

ronald david gorence

john sidney medd jr

robert allen maxwell

oliver hazard perry jr

luther boyd sisson