USS Burias (AG-69) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

USS Burias (AG-69)

The USS Burias (AG-69) was a Basilan-class miscellaneous auxiliary ship built at Delta Shipbuilding Corp., New Orleans, Louisiana, during World War II. The USS Burias (AG-69)’ keel was laid down under a Maritime Commission contract on 11 February 1944, as SS Mollie Moore Davis, launched on 27 March 1944, and placed in commission on 9 October 1944, at Mobile, AL., with LT. William M. Aye, USNR, in command. For decades, the U.S. Navy used asbestos extensively throughout its ships due to its useful properties. Sailors that worked below decks in boiler rooms and engine rooms were in especially close contact with the mineral. Navy personnel aboard navy ships were constantly exposed to airborne asbestos fibers no matter what they were doing. The USS Burias was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during the Second World War. Following World War II, she was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 9 November 1945. The USS Burias (AG-69) was decommissioned, on 9 April 1946, at Pearl Harbor, T.H.

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Shipmates on USS Burias (AG-69)