USS Indiana (BB-58) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Indiana (BB-58) was a South Dakota-class battleship laid down on November 20, 1939, and launched on November 21, 1941. She was commissioned on April 30, 1942, under Capt. Aaron S. Merrill’s command with the hull number BB-58 and served in the US Navy for 5 years until she was decommissioned on September 11, 1947. During her activity, the ship carried a complement of 1,793 men on board and had her main missions in Casco Maine, Cuba, Tonga, Nouméa, Marcus Island, Kwajalein, Truk, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 1, 1962, and sold for scrapping the following year. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Indiana received 9 battle stars.

Anyone who has worked onboard the USS Indiana (BB-58) or has been involved in her repair should be on the alert for signs of asbestos-related diseases and consult a doctor immediately if they experience signs of asbestos exposure affecting the lungs such as shortness of breath, dry cough or wheezing, crackling sound when breathing, chest pain or tightness, and repeated respiratory infections.

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Shipmates on USS Indiana (BB-58)

Rodrigue Albert Amelotte

William Irvin Anderson

Michael Basarab

Edward Brofka

Frank Hardeman Brumby Jr.

Ozen William Carrier

Lewis G. Cooley

Jerome Peter Deiso

John Wayne Dodd

William Hans Ehmcke

Wyatt Frank Gill

Elmer Carl Hansen

Thomas J. Keliher

Henry Ole Larsen

Robert Francis O'neill

Thomas Green Peyton

Hugo A. Schweers Jr.

James Edward Shew Sr.

Keith D. Smith

James Mortimer Steele

Reese Earnhardt Swan

William Vanest Wilcox

Robert Frank Wilson

Donald L. Wilson

Henry J. Winkelhoch

Frederic S. Withington

Howard F. Wright Jr.