USS Bedford Victory (APA-231) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Bedford Victory (APA-231) was a Boulder Victory-class cargo ship laid down on July 20, 1944, and launched on September 23, the same year. It was commissioned on November 11, 1944, under LCDR. Dudley A. Durrant’s command, with the hull number APA-231 and it served the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on March 29, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 99 people on board and had the main missions in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II. The ship was outfitted with parts and supplies containing asbestos, a heat resistant material known to cause mesothelioma and other deadly diseases. Most of the asbestos exposure aboard this ship occurred in engineering spaces and boiler rooms. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register in 1946 and sold for scrapping on March 28, 1972, to Bruce A. Blakey.  For the services brought to the nation during World War II, USS Bedford Victory received 1 battle star. 

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 Bedford Victory (APA-231)

FRANK BLECHTA

unknown age

Dead

RAYMOND W. "DUCK" DEVORE

unknown age

Dead

HENRY B. "HANK" DICKINSON

93 years old

Dead