USS Lenawee (APA-195) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Lenawee (APA-195) was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on May 26, 1944, and launched on September 11, the same year. It was commissioned for the first time on October 11, 1944, under Comdr. Carson R. Miller’s command, with the hull number APA-195 and it served in the US Navy for 23 years until it was decommissioned for the last time on June 20, 1967. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in the Marianas, Okinawa, San Francisco, Guam, Japan, Pearl Harbor, Saipan and Da Nang. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 30, 1968 and sold for scrapping to Nicolai Joffe Corporation in 1975. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Lenawee received 2 battle stars and another 3 for the Korean service. Because of its affordability, tensile strength, and due to the property of being thermally inert, asbestos was used extensively on American ships from the early 1940s through the late 1970s. Asbestos-containing products were used in particular for heat insulation and as fire protection in electrical wiring, protective gear, and others. Veterans afflicted with asbestos-related diseases are eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds and VA claims.

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Shipmates on USS Lenawee (APA-195)

theodore eugene avant

john bishop bowen iii

bryce cullen dallman

leo r. digregorio

james v. elmore

clifford ferrell griffin

william wesley hotzel

alfred r. johnston

john scott kellogg

adrian vincent lorentson

victor mccrea

donald h. nelson

john james riley

frank m. pazzaglia

arthur joseph schwartz

robert elton skidmore

george j. ursaki

donald fredrick vivis

john s wilcox