USS Justin (IX-228) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Justin (IX-228) was a Liberty Ship built by Todd Houston Shipbuilding Corporation out Houston, Texas in 1944. It was operated as a cargo ship under the name of Gus W. Darnell until it was acquired by the Navy in September 1945. It was commissioned in the Philippines and steamed for Shanghai, China to return to the US with passengers and mail from Guam. It was decommissioned at San Francisco in early 1946, returned to the WSA, and placed in the reserve fleet at Suisun Bay. It was scrapped in 1954.

Navy veterans working with or around asbestos or asbestos-containing products without proper protection are likely to be exposed to much higher levels of asbestos fibers in the air, and consequently a very high risk of developing several cancers and severe pulmonary diseases. Even household members of these service members have occasionally developed asbestos-related diseases because they unknowingly exposed their family by carrying toxic asbestos home on clothing, shoes, skin, hair or equipment.

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Shipmates on USS Justin (IX-228)

justin edward huth

anton j. smutko iv