USS Bucyrus Victory (APA-234) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

USS Bucyrus Victory (APA-234)

The USS Bucyrus Victory (APA-234) was a Boulder Victory-class cargo ship laid down on September 01, 1944, and launched on October 31, the same year. It was commissioned on November 29, 1944, under LCDR Felix A. Geissert’s command, with the hull number AK-234 and it served the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on April 24, 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. For its service in World War II, the USS Bucyrus Victory (APA-234) earned a battle star. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on May 08, 1946, and scrapped in October 1969. Between World War II and the late-1970s, the US Navy relied heavily on asbestos-based materials. As a consequence, former members of the United States Navy have one of the highest incidences of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Indeed, approximately one-third of cases of mesothelioma include a history of military service, mostly with the United States Navy. Members of the United States Coast Guard and Merchant Marines were also at danger of asbestos exposure.

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Shipmates on USS Bucyrus Victory (APA-234)