USS Maquoketa (AOG-51) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Maquoketa (AOG-51) was a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker laid down on January 14, 1944, and launched on August 12, the same year. It was commissioned on February 27, 1945, under Lt. Lloyd R. Stahl’s command with the hull number AOG-51 and it served in the U.S. Navy for two years until it was decommissioned for the last time on October 9, 1957. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 131 people on board and had its main missions in Majuro, Tarawa, Kwajalein, Ulithi, the Carolines, Okinawa, Nagasaki, and Yokosuka. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 12, 1958, and sold for scrapping to National Metal & Steel Corporation in California. Anyone who has worked on board the USS Maquoketa (AOG-51) should be on the alert for signs of asbestos-related diseases and consult a doctor immediately if they experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, persistent cough, and tightness in your chest. However, regardless of whether they have noticed one or more of these signs, we strongly advise them to seek medical attention as soon as possible, as oftentimes, diseases which stem from asbestos exposure are asymptomatic.

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Shipmates on USS Maquoketa (AOG-51)