USS Mathews (AKA-96) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control RoomDamage Control Room
  • Pump RoomPump Room
  • Propulsion RoomPropulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot MagazinePowder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward RoomWard Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

  • Junior Officers QuartersJunior Officers Quarters
  • Sick BaySick Bay
  • Mess DeckMess Deck
  • ReeferReefer
  • Pilot HousePilot House
  • Admiral's CabinAdmiral's Cabin
  • GalleyGalley


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USS Mathews was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship laid down on September 15, 1944 and launched on December 22, the same year with the hull number AKA-96. It was commissioned on March 15, 1945 under Comdr. C. A. Thornwall’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned for the first time on April 4, 1947. The second time it was commissioned it was on February 16, 1952 and served in the US Navy for another 16 years until October 31, 1968. It carried a complement of 247 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Norfolk, Eniwetok, Ulithi, Korea, Okinawa, the Philippines and South Vietnam. It was struck from the Naval Register on November 1, 1968. 

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