USS Leo (AKA-60) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Leo (AKA-60) was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship laid down on March 17, 1944, and launched on July 29, 1944, with the hull number AKA-60. It was commissioned on August 30, 1944, under Comdr. T. E. Healey’s command and served in the US Navy for 11 years until it was decommissioned on February 11, 1955. It carried a complement of 404 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Norfolk, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, Saipan, Okinawa, the Marianas, and Kwajalein, Manila, Tsingtao, Hai Phong, and Wonsan. It also served for the Pacific Reserve Fleet and the Maritime Administration. It was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1960. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Leo received 2 battle stars and 5 battle stars for the activity during the Korean War. Asbestos can pose a serious health threat when disturbed or when it begins to deteriorate, because its microscopic fibers are released into the air and easily inhaled. Exposure to asbestos fibers has been linked to lung cancer, asbestosis (scarring of the lungs that restricts breathing), and mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of the chest cavity). The chances of developing an asbestos-related illness increase as the level and duration of exposure to asbestos increases.

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Shipmates on USS Leo (AKA-60)