USS Carlisle (APA-69) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Carlisle (APA-69) was a Gilliam-class attack transport launched on July 30, 1944. It was commissioned on November 29, the same year under Comdr. H. R. Adams’ command with the hull number APA-69 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was sunk as a target during Operation Crossroads on July 1, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 322 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Pearl Harbor, San Francisco, Hawaii, Japan, and Bikini Atoll. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List, but both the dates are unknown. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Carlisle (APA-69) received two Navy Occupation Service Medals. Asbestos exposure occurs when the microscopic asbestos fibers become airborne. These fibers are inhaled or swallowed and they can become trapped in the respiratory system or in the digestive tract. Long-term exposure to asbestos can be very dangerous to our health. Navy veterans are among the most vulnerable because of the Navy’s past reliance on asbestos products, especially on ships. All veterans who are experiencing asbestos-related health problems are entitled to VA benefits and compensation.

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Shipmates on USS Carlisle (APA-69)