USS Lakewood Victory (AK-236) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Lakewood Victory (AK-236) was a Boulder Victory-class cargo ship that was laid down on September 16, 1944, under a Maritime Commission contract at the Permanente Metals Corp., Richmond, California. It was launched on November 17, the same year and was commissioned on December 11, 1944, under LCDR. Eric H. Petrelius’ command, with the hull number AK-236 and it served the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on May 16, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 99 people on board and had its main missions in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II and participated in the Iwo Jima operation and Okinawa Gunto operation. Most of the parts fitted in this ship were made of asbestos and people aboard this ship were often exposed to asbestos, especially in engineering spaces and boiler rooms. After the decommissioning at Portsmouth, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on June 5, 1946. For service in World War II, the ship earned 2 battle stars. The ship was sold for scrapping in August 1993.

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 Lakewood Victory (AK-236)


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