USS Cheleb (AK-138) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Cheleb (AK-138) was a cargo ship belonging to the Crater-class in the service of the US Navy in World War II. The ship’s name comes from a star in the northern hemisphere constellation of Ophiuchus. The USS Cheleb was laid down on 29 December 1943 as liberty ship “SS Lyman J. Gage” by Permanente Metals Corporation, Richmond California. The vessel was commissioned on 1 January 1944 under Lieutenant Addison E. McKimmey’s command. Throughout the war, the ship carried cargo intended for use in different assaults such as the assault of Eniwetok, assault of the Marianas, the assault on the Philippines, the invasion of Iwo Jima, the assault on Okinawa and the final air attacks on the Japanese home islands. After the war, the USS Cheleb sailed to Pearl Harbor and remained there until it was decommissioned on 25 July 1946. Later, it was used for a special explosives test and sold for scrapping on 27 March 1978.

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

Shipmates on USS Cheleb (AK-138)

Ralph Disalvo

unknown age

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Robert Malcolm Lofley

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

Gordon Jones Leon

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

Robert Watson

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

Anthony Joseph Borruano

89 years old

Dead

Paul Jacob Feather

99 years old

Dead

Willie Lee Maddox

Died on 03/15/2017

Dead

Lloyd Murray Pharris

94 years old

Dead

William Alton Williams

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

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