USS Georgetown (AGTR-2/AG-165) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Georgetown (AGTR-2/AG-165) was an Oxford-class technical research ship, purchased by the U.S. Navy to maintain a seaborne platform for global eavesdropping on behalf of the National Security Agency. The ship was laid down on 14 May 1945 as SS Robert W. Hart under a Maritime Commission contract by New England Shipbuilding Corporation, South Portland, Maine, and launched on 10 July 1945. She was placed in commission on 9 November 1963, at Norfolk, VA., with CDR W. A. Gleason in command. Composed of six different naturally occurring minerals, asbestos was a staple across various industry usages, including the shipbuilding industry. Navy veterans are now at risk due to the heightened possibility of asbestos exposure during their military service. In 1946 after World War II, the USS Georgetown (AG-165) was converted to a livestock ship, also called a cowboy ship. She returned to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA, on 29 October 1947. On 24 July 1970, she was sold for scrapping, to N. V. Intershitra, Netherlands, and scrapped one year later.

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

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Shipmates on USS Georgetown (AGTR-2/AG-165)

DONALD HERBERT ALBEE

unknown age

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JOSEPH PATRICK APPELT

unknown age

Dead

VEREAL ALTEN BARTON

unknown age

Dead

MARTIN BURKE BETTS

unknown age

Dead

FRANK SNYDER BLACK JR.

unknown age

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ROGER BROOKS

unknown age

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CARMEN DECRUZ

70 years old

Dead

ROWLAND J. DELFOX

unknown age

Dead

CHARLES RICHARD MCINTYRE

unknown age

Dead

MICHAEL THOMAS NESTOR

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

RICHARD C. TODARO

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

EDWARD CHARLES WYSOCKI

unknown age

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DON ANDREW BENDER

unknown age

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Ruben Rodriguez

unknown age

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ALAN PRESTON SHARMAN JR.

unknown age

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MICHAEL DALE URNESS

unknown age

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