USS Fond du Lac (APA-166) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Fond du Lac (APA-166) was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on July 25, 1944, and launched on October 5, the same year. It was commissioned on November 6, 1944, under Capt. E. P. Creehan’s command, with the hull number APA-166 and it served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on April 11, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had the main missions in Pearl Harbor, Leyte, Okinawa, Guam, San Francisco, New Guinea, and Japan. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Fond du Lac received 1 battle star. Enlisted sailors between 1940 and 1970 - particularly during and after WWII and the Korean War, were the most likely to develop diseases like asbestosis and lung cancer from high airborne concentrations of the fibers. Navy jobs with a likelihood of exposure include boiler operators, demolition specialists, hull technicians, machinists, pipefitters, welders, and boiler technicians.

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Shipmates on USS Fond du Lac (APA-166)