USS Hoggatt Bay (CVE-75) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Hoggatt Bay (CVE-75) was a Casablanca-class escort carrier launched on December 4, 1943. It was commissioned on January 11, the following year with the hull number CVE-75 under Capt. W. V. Saunders’ command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on 20 July 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 916 men on board and had its main missions in Manus, San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Leyte, Ulithi, and Huon Gulf. After the decommissioning, the ship was sold for scrapping on March 31, 1960. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Hoggatt Bay received 5 battle stars. Asbestos-containing materials can be found in various locations within Navy ships, such as boiler rooms, engine rooms, navigation rooms, weapons and ammunition storage rooms, and even mess halls and sleeping quarters. Airborne asbestos fibers can be a hazard if inhaled at sufficient and repeated doses, because of the physical and chemical properties of asbestos fibers. Inhaled asbestos deposits onto lung airways surfaces and subsequently these are retained in lung tissues, where can cause pleural plaques, fibrosis, pleural effusion, diffuse pleural thickening, lung cancer, and other pulmonary issues.

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Shipmates on USS Hoggatt Bay (CVE-75)

Richard K. Bailey

Fred Roy Blain

Robert Francis Dunn Sr.

Lyell Edwin Blossom

Richard Anthony Egles

Donald Thompson Foster

Wesley L. Herrald

Donald Mason Lynn

Antonio F. Mendez

Rudolph Celeste Merlo

Leroy Richard Pawlowski

William Russell Shelton

John Eugene Taliaferro