USS Gabilan (SS-252) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

As the only ship of the United States Navy to be named after the gabilan, a fish that can be found in the waters around the Philippines, the USS Gabilan (SS-252) came to life in 1943. It was sponsored by Mrs. Eleanor James, wife of Rear Admiral Jules James, and earned 4 battle stars for its activity. The USS Gabilan completed 6 war patrols, out of which 4 were successful. The USS Gabilan was decommissioned in 1946 and subsequently sold for scrap.

Asbestos-related pulmonary conditions such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, bronchial cancer, pleural plaques, diffuse pleural thickening, benign asbestos pleural effusions, and rounded atelectasis, are caused by the inhalation of microscopic asbestos fibers. These microscopic asbestos fibers irritate and scar lung tissue, causing the lungs to become stiff. While any exposure to asbestos may be harmful, those who were regularly exposed to the material have a heightened risk of developing one of the above-mentions diseases.

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Shipmates on USS Gabilan (SS-252)

jack elmer blank

robert hewett harwood jr

charles p. kipp

karl raymond wheland

orville julius e. wickstrom

fred noel spiess