USS Duplin (AKA-87) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Duplin (AKA-87) was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on August 18, 1944, and launched on October 17, the same year. It was commissioned the next year under Comdr. Herbert B. Fluck’s command and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on May 21, 1946. It carried a complement of 429 men on board. During World War II, the ship operated in Marseille, the Panama Canal, Manila, Aringay, Matsuyama, and Wakayama. After decommissioning, the USS Duplin was struck from the Navy List on May 21, 1946. Highly resistant to degradation via rotting, burning, or chemical exposure, asbestos was once widely used in the marine sector as insulation. Asbestos fibers are not visible to the naked eye, they can only be seen under a microscope. If disturbed, they can float in the air. Any level of exposure can lead to a multitude of diseases, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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Shipmates on USS Duplin (AKA-87)

John Harris Parke

Thomas Muir

Henry William Mages

Fred Haring