USS Bastion (ACM-6) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Bastion (ACM-6) was a Chimo-class minelayer laid down in 1942 as USAMP Col. Henry J. Hunt and commissioned on April 9, 1945, as USS Bastion under Lt. Earl D. Fatkin’s command with the hull number ACM-6 and served in the U.S. Navy for one year until it was decommissioned on June 18, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 69 people on board and had its main missions in Charleston, Panama Canal, San Diego, Pearl Harbor, the Marianas, Okinawa, and the Ryukyu Islands. Screening for rare diseases such as mesothelioma or asbestosis is typically not included in a routine physical examination. Doctors point out that some groups should consider getting screened. Also, people who have had a family member who had that disease should think about getting screened. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Bastion (ACM-6), you may still be at risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses such as lung cancer, bronchial cancer, mesothelioma, colon/rectal cancer, throat/esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, plus many other types of pulmonary issues, and you should make an appointment with your doctor.

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Shipmates on USS Bastion (ACM-6)

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