USS Carnegie (CVE-38) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Carnegie (CVE-38) was a Bogue-class escort aircraft carrier laid down on September 9, 1942, and launched on December 30, the same year. It was commissioned on August 12, 1943, as HMS Empress with the hull number D-42 under the United Kingdom’s flag and served in the Royal Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on March 28, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 890 men on board and had its main missions in the Pacific and the Indian Oceans. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred back to the USA on January 28, 1946, and sold for scrapping in 1946.

If you worked on Navy ships during or after World War II, it’s highly likely you were exposed to asbestos. When inhaled, asbestos particles build up in the lungs and impact the ability of the lungs to function. This begins with shortness of breath but can quickly progress into the development of tumors. Veterans recently diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease may be eligible for VA benefits that will give them access to medical care.

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