USS Bergen (APA-150) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Bergen (APA-150) was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on October 25, 1944, and launched on December 5, the same year. It was commissioned on December 23, 1944, under Capt. Ralston B. Vanzant’s command, with the hull number APA-150 and it served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on April 24, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in California, Hagushi, Okinawa, San Pedro, Honolulu, Norfolk, and Jinsen. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 8, 1946, and sold for scrapping on April 9, 1973, to Union Metals & Alloys Corporation in New York. Asbestos is a toxic fibrous mineral that makes its way inside the body by inhalation. Medical records that have kept a watch on asbestos diseases show that the human body is not able to naturally eliminate the fibers. Without any resistance on the part of the host organism, the microscopic asbestos will attach itself to the soft tissue enveloping the lungs, the abdomen, or the heart and create a constant irritation that over time may lead to the formation of a tumor.

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Shipmates on USS Bergen (APA-150)

darrell ladean ferris

frederick c. union jr.

charles henry solem

willard robert st. pierre

paul j. stolte sr.

aaron reece herrington