USS Grimes (APA-172) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Grimes (APA-172) was a Haskell-class attack transport commissioned on November 23, 1944, with the hull number APA-172 and it served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on February 26, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in California, San Pedro, San Francisco, Seattle, Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and Norfolk. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on October 1, 1958. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Grimes received 1 battle star.

Although the very usage of asbestos in ship infrastructure and above-board equipment, was a result of it being considered a material that has a high resistance to corrosion and, therefore, would be fit for mediums that involved some type of erosion, over the years and under continual pressure, asbestos-containing products would unavoidably crumble releasing fibers into the air. These can be easily breathed deep into the lungs where they may stay for a long time, and can gradually damage them over time.

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Shipmates on USS Grimes (APA-172)

Frank Blechta

Louis Philippe Bourgeois

Fred G. Ihlenfeldt

Bernard Meyer

Walter Calvin Owen


Willie Wright Warr Sr.