USS Calamus (AOG-25) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Calamus (AOG-25) was a Mettawee-class gasoline tanker launched on May 4, 1944. It was commissioned on July 7, the same year under Lt. W. Hord’s command with the hull number AOG-25 and it served in the U.S. Navy for two years until it was decommissioned on May 15, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 62 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Pearl Harbor, Ulithi, Eniwetok, Iwo Jima, Saipan, and Okinawa. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and scrapped in 1964. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Calamus received one battle star. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that was once valued for its resistance to heat, electrical and chemical damage, and widely used in almost every Navy ship from the 1930s to the early 1980s. Composed of millions of microscopic fibers, asbestos can easily break apart and become airborne and possibly inhaled. Should asbestos fibers be inhaled, they may become lodged in the lungs, potentially leading to asbestosis, lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases.

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Shipmates on USS Calamus (AOG-25)

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