USS LSM-113 Areas With Asbestos Exposure


The USS LSM-113 was a Landing Ship Medium, an amphibious assault ship in service of the US Navy in World War II. She was one of the 558 LSMs built for the US Navy between 1944 and 1945. The amphibious assault ship was laid down in 1944 at Brown Ship Building Co., launched and commissioned in 1944 with Lt. Samuel W. Emery USNR in command. During World War II, the vessel was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater in Flotilla Sixteen, Group Forty-Six, and Division Ninety-One. The USS LSM-113 was decommissioned in 1947 and transferred to Chile, renamed Guardiamarina Contreras. She was dismantled for spare parts and scrapped in 1967. Asbestos fibers are microscopic particles that are easy to inhale without awareness. Once they enter the lungs, they get stuck in the lining and can’t be eliminated. They may cause severe medical problems, including mesothelioma. Apart from this rare type of cancer directly related to asbestos exposure, asbestos fibers are often the culprit of other types of cancers, such as lung cancer or cancers of the esophagus, larynx, throat, stomach, colon, or rectum. Additionally, asbestos exposure may result in non-cancerous or non-malignant illnesses, such as asbestosis, and pleural disorders like pleural effusion, pleural plaques, and diffuse pleural thickening.

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Shipmates on USS LSM-113