USS Grundy (APA-111) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Grundy (APA-111) was a Windsor-class attack transport launched on June 16, 1944. It was commissioned on January 3, the following year under Capt. J. M. Cabanillas’ command with the hull number APA-111 and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on May 8, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 476 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Ulithi, Galveston, Newport, Eniwetok, Peleliu, and Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to Moore-McCormack Lines where it was renamed Mormacsurf. Asbestos has affected Navy personnel more than any other branch of the armed forces. When naval ships were constructed, asbestos was used consistently because of its desirable physical properties. The confined spaces with poor ventilation where sailors were assigned to work increased their exposure to asbestos dust and fibers. Some of the naval jobs that exposed sailors to asbestos include boiler technicians, shipbuilders, electricians, pipefitters, welders, machinists, damage controlmen, gunners mates, and firemen.

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Shipmates on USS Grundy (APA-111)

Jose M. Cabanillas

John Carlson

Harvey Melvin Anderson

Thomas L. Carroll

William Edward Lewis

Francis A. Maieski

Samuel K. Pugh

Fenwick L. Watts

Thomas Michael Zajac