USS Chimo (ACM-1) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Chimo (ACM-1) was a Chimo-class minelayer laid down in 1942 as USAMP Colonel Charles W. Bundy and commissioned on April 7, 1944, as USS Chimo under Lt. J. W. Gross’ command with the hull number ACM-1 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on May 21, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 69 people on board and had its main missions in Plymouth, Utah Beach, Cherbourg, Brest, Norfolk, Eniwetok, Saipan, Okinawa, and San Diego. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 19, 1946, and sold in order to become a tuna seiner where it was renamed MV Day Island. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Chimo received 2 battle stars. Up until 1980, the majority of U.S. ships contained huge amounts of asbestos. When inhaled, the microscopic asbestos fibers can stick to mucus in the trachea or bronchi. When they penetrate into the outer lining of the lung and chest wall known as the pleura, these fibers can irritate the cells and eventually cause lung cancer and many other types of pulmonary issues. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Chimo (ACM-1), we highly recommend you get tested on a regular basis in order to detect potential health problems.

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Shipmates on USS Chimo (ACM-1)

Frank J. Knopik

Daniel Comm

Robert Montague