USS Jack C. Robinson (APD-72) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Jack C. Robinson (APD-72) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort launched on January 8, 1944. It was commissioned as a high-speed transport on February 2, 1945, under Lt. Comdr. W. W. Bowie’s command with the hull number APD-72 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on December 13, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 186 men on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Hawaii, San Diego, the Philippines, Ulithi Atoll, Okinawa and Japan. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 1, 1966. Between the 1930s and the 1970s, an overwhelming majority of the veterans who served in the U.S. Navy entered in contact with asbestos - the hazardous mineral extensively used in the equipment carried aboard, and also found in the materials required for building the vessels. Asbestos was present everywhere starting with boiler rooms, engine rooms, storage rooms, navigation rooms, to mess halls, and sleeping quarters.

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Shipmates on USS Jack C. Robinson (APD-72)

William T. Jones Jr.

Robert W. Harrington

Joseph E. Rolfes

Edward Cichy