USS Diphda (AKA-59) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Diphda was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship launched on May 11, 1944, with the hull number AKA-59. It was commissioned on July 8, 1944, under Comdr. R. C. Willson’s command and served in the US Navy for 12 years until it was decommissioned on May 11, 1956. It carried a complement of 429 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, New Guinea, Manus, Wakde Islands, San Pedro Bay, Okinawa, Saipan, Espiritu Santo, and Sasebo. It served for the Military Sea Transportation Service from February 5 to November 11, 1952. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Diphda received 1 battle star and 6 battle stars for the activity during the Korean War. 

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 Diphda (AKA-59)

GEORGE HERBERT BARRINGER

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RICHARD ALLEN BREYFOGLE

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WALTER MASON BURGESS

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WILLIAM EASTWOOD BURR

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RICHARD F. CUSHING

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RAYFORD H. DANLEY

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WOODROW H. DUNCAN

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VAN T. EDSALL

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KENNETH MARVIN ERICKSON

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WILLIAM FRANCIS FENELON

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DONALD E. GWALTNEY

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ROBERT NATHANIEL HERBERT

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ELVIN M. LEE

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WILLIAM B. MATTHEWS

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JOESAM LINSON RABUN

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FRED M. SCHWARTZ

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FRANCIS B. TANNHEIMER

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WILLIAM WALDRON WARD

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JAMES WILFORD WOOD

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