USS Birmingham (CL-62) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

USS Birmingham was a Cleveland-class light cruiser laid down on February 17, 1941 and launched on March 20, the following year. It was commissioned on January 29, 1943 under Capt. John Wilkes’ command with the hull number CL-62 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on January 2, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had the main missions in Formosa, Sicily, Leyte Gulf, Okinawa, Luzon, Tinian, Tarawa, Iwo Jima or Saipan. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959 and sold for scrapping at Long Beach the same year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Birmingham received 9 battle stars.    

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Turret 1
  • Ward Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

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Shipmates on USS Birmingham (CL-62)

CHARLES V. AGNEW

Died on 10/24/1944

Dead

WILLIAM B. ALEXANDER

Died on 05/04/1945

Dead

EVERISTE MITCHEL ARSENAUX

88 years old

Dead