USS Leonis (AK-128) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Leonis (AK-128) was a Crater-class cargo ship that served the US Navy in World War II. Laid down in November 1942 originally, as the Liberty Ship SS Key Pittman, by Permanente Metals Corporation, it was the first Liberty Ship to carry supplies for the New Guinea campaign on the Milne Bay-Oro Bay route. Having been acquired by the US Navy in October 1943, the ship served as a cargo ship carrying war materials and troops in the Pacific Islands, Hawaiian Islands, Palau Islands, and the Philippines for the rest of the war. It was decommissioned in December 1945 and was returned to the War Shipping Administration, having its name reverted to Key Pittman. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that attacks the mesothelium, the protective lining of tissue that covers most of the body’s organs. The most common cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, a toxic mineral fiber widely used to insulate boilers, steam pipes, and engines aboard ships. If you were diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition after serving in the Navy, you shouldn’t have to suffer financially in addition to dealing with the emotional and physical aspects of this serious illness. Filing an asbestos claim allows you to recover compensation related to outstanding medical bills, protecting your family from a financial burden.

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Shipmates on USS Leonis (AK-128)

joseph lavene miller

harold e. nelson

lester frederick peich

natale joseph pellittieri

earl ray phillips

joseph ernest sorace