USS Luna (AKS-7) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Luna (AKS-7) was an Acubens-class general stores issue ship laid down on April 23, 1943, and launched on September 30, the same year. It was commissioned on January 31, 1944, under Lt. Comdr. James A. F. Knowlton’s command and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on April 28, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 195 men on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, the Panama Canal, Majuro Atoll, Kwajalein, Eniwetok, and California. After the decommissioning, the ship was delivered to the Maritime Commission. Because of asbestos’s qualities as an insulator, many workers employed in the shipbuilding industry risked exposure just going to work every day, whether they were handling the asbestos directly or happened to be working near asbestos-containing products. When asbestos products are used, fibers can be released into the air, exposing workers in close proximity to the carcinogen.

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Shipmates on USS Luna (AKS-7)

Norman Vilas Neumann

Bernard L. Maguire Jr.

Marion Wilbert Diggs

Joseph Michael Chaykovsky

John P. Ablan