USS Forrestal (CV-59) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

As the name suggests, the USS Forrestal (CV-59) was a Forrestal-class aircraft carrier built in Newport News, Virginia, and had the hull number CV-59. Surnamed the "supercarrier", the vessel was commissioned in 1955 and measured almost 1,100 feet in its total length. It was the first ship that was built with an angled flight deck and with a steam catapult. Its decommissioning took place in 1993, after almost 40 years of service.

From the 1930s to the early 1980s, every branch of the military regularly used asbestos for its fire-resistant characteristics. Chances are high that Navy veterans were exposed to asbestos during their time of service because asbestos-containing materials were present all over ships to insulate boilers, pipes, turbines, and pumps. The Navy stopped using asbestos materials in the mid-1990s, but for many service members, the damage had already been done.

Everyone who served on the USS Forrestal (CV-59) inhaled the asbestos fibers and is at risk for developing lung disease

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Shipmates on USS Forrestal (CV-59)

WILLIAM ALLAN ADAMS

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

PAUL W. ABELQUIST

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

JESSE L. BRACKETT II

49 years old

Alive

J. L. BAGGETT

82 years old

Alive

JOHN KINGSMAN BELING

91 years old

Dead

REX R. BERGLUND

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

BRYAN M. BOWEN

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

JEROME P. BYRNE

54 years old

Alive

CHARLES FREDERICK DEMMLER

81 years old

Dead

ARTHUR H. FREDRICKSON

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

CAMILLUS L'ENGLE GRAHAM JR

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

WILLIAM MAX HARNISH

60 years old

Dead

RICHARD ALLEN WEIDINGER

83 years old

Dead

ROBERT W ROYES

64 years old

Alive