USS Draco (AK-79) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Draco (AK-79) was a Crater-class cargo ship that served the US Navy in World War II. Laid down in December 1942 as SS John M. Palmer by Permanente Metals Corporation and commissioned in February the next year, this ship’s mission was to deliver goods and equipment to war zone locations such as Nouméa, Espiritu Santo, Guadalcanal, and Fiji Islands. The USS Draco also aided in the invasions of Cape Torokina, Bougainville, and Emirau, receiving 2 battle stars in the process. The USS Draco was decommissioned in November 1945 and entered the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Virginia. Starting with 1947, the vessel was sold and renamed several times, until 1968 when it was sold for scrapping at Kaohsiung, Taiwan. 

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 Draco (AK-79)

Earle Llewllyn Evey

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Robert Maxwell Drysdale

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Jennings Graham

unknown age

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Clyde Miller

unknown age

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Eugene Grimm

unknown age

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Christopher Gray

unknown age

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John Breedlove

unknown age

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George Harold Powers

95 years old

Dead

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