USS Kern (AOG-2) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Kern (AOG-2) was a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker laid down on May 25, 1942, and launched on September 7, the same year. It was commissioned on March 9, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. Lewis Williams’ command with the hull number AOG-2 and it served in the US Navy for 10 years until it was decommissioned on October 1, 1957. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 131 people on board and had its main missions in Alaska, Seattle, Ulithi, Eniwetok, Kossol Roads, Peleliu, and San Pedro. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 10, 1958, and sold to National Metal & Steel from Terminal Island, California in 1975, where it was subsequently scrapped.

The US Navy used asbestos on their ships because it was a good insulator, it was resistant to heat, and was affordable. Little they did know how dangerous it can be to our health. If you have asbestos-exposure related symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, hoarse voice, decreased stamina, pain in your abdomen, fever, persistent, dry cough, you may be entitled to benefits and compensation.

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Shipmates on USS Kern (AOG-2)

James J. Boock

Robert Cohn

Nelson W. Elliott

Gasper Manuel Michel

Emil Ringhoffer Jr.

Gordon S. Wiechmann