USS Cetus (AK-77) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Cetus (AK-77) was a cargo ship belonging to the Crater-class that served the US Navy in World War II. The ship’s name comes from the equatorial constellation Cetus. Laid down on 21 November 1942 by Permanente Metals Corporation, Richmond, California, the ship began its service on 17 November 1943 with Lieutenant Commander Nicholas T. Gansa in command. The vessel’s task during the war was carrying cargo among South Pacific bases and from ports in New Zealand. Some of the cargo the ship transported played a vital part in the liberation of the Philippines in September and October 1944. On 26 April 1945, the vessel arrived at Okinawa to support the invasion and unloaded under constant enemy surface and air suicide attack, but received no damage. The Cetus received two battle stars for World War II service. The ship was decommissioned on 20 November 1945 and sold to Hierros Ardes, S.A., Spain on 26 October 1971 for scrapping.

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

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Shipmates on USS Cetus (AK-77)

Bob Banks

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Dan Kallenberger

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Raymond E. Rodgers

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James Cavanaugh

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Robert Cornelius Ballinger

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Marvin Leonidas Dodge

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Dead

William Joseph Martin

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