USS Electra (AKA-4) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Electra (AKA-4) was an Arcturus-class attack cargo ship launched on November 18, 1941, with the hull number AKA-4. It was commissioned on March 17, 1942, under Comdr. J. J. Hughes’ command and served in the US Navy for 4 years as AK-21 until it was decommissioned the first time on March 19, 1946. On February 1, 1943, the ship was reclassified as AKA-4 and recommissioned on May 3, 1952. It served in the US Navy for another 3 years until May 13, 1955. It carried a complement of 267 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in New Zealand, French Morocco, Safi, Fedhala, Casablanca, Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, and Korea. It was sold for scrap on June 7, 1974. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Electra received 6 battle stars. Exposure to asbestos can have serious consequences for your health, and significant exposure can cause inflammation, scarring of the lungs and even lung cancer. While many people who have been exposed to asbestos do not experience health problems, the likelihood of complications often results from how much asbestos was in the air, how frequently they were exposed and for what duration.

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Shipmates on USS Electra (AKA-4)