USS Investigator (AGR-9) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Investigator was a radar picket ship belonging to the Guardian-class that was acquired by the US Navy from the reserve fleet and converted for radar picket operations in the North Atlantic Ocean as part of the Distant Early Warning Line Project. The ship was originally laid down and launched by J.A. Jones Corporation as the Liberty Ship Charles A. Draper at their shipyards in Panama City, Florida in January 1945. During its short World War II service, the ship was responsible for delivering replacement aircraft and cargo and it was placed in the reserve fleet, James River Group in October 1945. It was acquired by the US Navy in July 1956 and equipped with air search and tracking systems to be used as part of the Continental Air Defense Commands air warning system. The ship was responsible with detecting, tracking, and reporting aircraft at long ranges as well as controlling US Interceptor aircraft and directing them to targets. It was decommissioned in March 1965 and placed in the reserve fleet until May 1971 when it was sold for scrapping.

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 Investigator (AGR-9)

Joseph Edward Biron Sr.

88 years old

Dead

Linwood Alton Daggett

unknown age

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Charles E. Dolloway

78 years old

Dead

James Elbert Hines

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

Elva L. Hatfield

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

Harold Lewis Hinkley

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

William L. Murphy

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

Thomas A. Polk

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

George Carthal Watson

unknown age

Uncertain N/A