USS Iolanda (AKS-14) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

USS Iolanda (AKS-14)

The USS Iolanda (AKS-14) was an Acubens-class general stores issue ship commissioned by the U.S. Navy for delivering troops, goods, and equipment to locations in the war zone. The ship was laid down as SS William Dobson under a Maritime Commission contract at New England Shipbuilding Corp., South Portland, ME. During World War II, the USS Iolanda (AKS-14) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign. Following World War II, she was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East. She returned to the Maritime Commission on 24 April 1947 and was placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, California, where she remained until she was scrapped in 1972. Asbestos was heavily involved in shipbuilding, ship repairs, and ship decommissioning. The risk has increased among workers who have maintained, repaired, or replaced damaged materials containing asbestos. Even trace amounts of inhaled asbestos can lead to serious illness. Because of this, many Navy veterans are now forced to deal with asbestos-related conditions such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.

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Shipmates on USS Iolanda (AKS-14)