USS Lesuth (AK-125) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Lesuth (AK-125), a Crater-class cargo ship was laid down on March 24, 1943, as SS William M. Gwin, under a Maritime Commission contract and was launched on April 17, 1943. The construction of ships relied on asbestos-containing products such as boiler and steam pipe insulation, fireproofing material for bulkheads, brake linings in winches, and gaskets of valves and pipe fixtures. The ship was acquired by the U.S. Navy on October 9, 1943, and was converted for Naval service at United Engineering, Alameda, CA. It was commissioned on November 1, 1943, under LCDR. Bertrand H. Bassett’s command and served in the U.S. Navy for three years until it was decommissioned on August 16, 1946, at Pearl Harbor. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 222 men on board and it had the main missions in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and the Far East. For the services during World War II, the USS Lesuth (AK-125) earned one battle star. On July 31, 1964, the ship was sold for scrapping by Union Minerals and Alloys Corp.

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 Lesuth (AK-125)

GERALD RULE "IKE" BOULTON

97 years old

Dead

ALBERT HENRI CHAMPAGNE

99 years old

Dead

VENIS EUGENE LEWIS

97 years old

Alive

RUSSELL ARDELL LOTT

83 years old

Dead