USS Crater (AK-70) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Crater (AK-70) was the lead ship of the class of converted liberty ships in the service of the US Navy in World War II. The ship was laid down on 28 August 1942 as liberty ship SS John James Audubon by Permanente Metals Corporation, in Richmond, California and transferred to the Navy the same year. The USS Crater was commissioned on 31 October 1942 under Lieutenant Commander Russel Dodd’s command. The ship’s mission throughout the war was to deliver cargo to locations such as Efate, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, New Zealand, Guadalcanal, and the Philippines. Its last trip was to Pearl Harbor where it was decommissioned and transferred to MARCOM on 25 June 1946. Similar to many of its kind, the ship was sold for scrapping in August 1974.

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 Crater (AK-70)

Russell Dodd

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Howard Hansen

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James William Baldwin

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Earle Llewllyn Evey

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Lawrence William Borst

unknown age

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Glenn Walter Best

86 years old

Dead

George Albert Delong Jr.

unknown age

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Henry H. Grell

unknown age

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John A. Griffith Jr.

unknown age

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Tiffany Millar Jones

unknown age

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Eugene C. Krumvieda

unknown age

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John Anthony Santora

unknown age

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Michael William Sawalich

unknown age

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Harry Nowlin Taylor Jr.

86 years old

Dead

Vardie Novela Whiddon

91 years old

Dead

Robert Brennan Wilson

unknown age

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