USS Mettawee (AOG-17) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

USS Mettawee (AOG-17)

The USS Mettawee (AOG-17)e was a Mettawee-class gasoline tanker laid down on August 13, 1942, and launched on November 28, the same year. It was commissioned on August 26, 1943, under Lt. Byron R. Everson’s command with the hull number AOG-17 and it served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on March 29, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 62 people on board and had its main missions in Panama Canal, New York, New Caledonia, Bora Bora, Tulagi, and San Francisco. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and transferred to Maritime Commission where it was renamed Clearwater. Eventually, it was sold for scrapping to the National Metal & Steel Corporation in 1964. Asbestos refers to a set of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals: chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite. The nature of these silicate minerals makes the fibers resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals. Inhaling asbestos fibers can cause more than one disease in the same person. These diseases can surface years or decades apart. If you or someone you love is suffering from a disease linked to asbestos exposure, you have the right to pursue significant compensation from both asbestos trust funds and the VA.

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Shipmates on USS Mettawee (AOG-17)

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