USS Moose (IX-124) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Moose (IX-124) was an Armadillo-class tanker designated an unclassified miscellaneous vessel. Originally named Mason L. Weems, the ship was renamed Moose on 27 October 1943. The Armadillo class of tankers was a class of type Z-ET1-S-C3 Liberty ships tankers that served in the U.S. Navy during the Second World War. The USS Moose (IX-124)’ keel was laid down on 1 November 1943 under a Maritime Commission contract by Delta S.B. Shipbuilder Company, New Orleans, Louisiana, launched on 1 November 1943 and commissioned on 28 January 1944 with Lieutenant Gerald E. Spencer in command. The ship departed Balboa, Panama Canal Zone, on 15 March 1944 for the South Pacific. Upon arrival New Caledonia in November, she reported to Commander, Southern Pacific, for duty as a mobile floating oil storage ship. The USS Moose (IX-124) was just one of many navy ships built at a time when the use of asbestos was abundant and acceptable. Navy personnel who worked below decks including boiler rooms, engine rooms, and ammunition storage rooms, were especially vulnerable to asbestos exposure. Many remember sleeping in bunks underneath asbestos-covered pipes that required then to shake the dusty material of bunks on daily basis.

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

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Shipmates on USS Moose (IX-124)

THOMAS DELBERT CRIPLIVER

91 years old

Dead

JACK GRANT

99 years old

Dead

PAUL JOSEPH HEYING

92 years old

Dead

DAVID G. KARNOS

unknown age

Dead

ALEXANDER MAKAR

unknown age

Dead

TERRENCE R. MITCHELL

unknown age

Dead

CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL MOE

unknown age

Dead

NORBERT THOMAS MOSKWA

92 years old

Dead

WILLIAM TODD PARK

unknown age

Dead

LOUIS CLARENCE SALING JR.

89 years old

Dead

SHAWN RONALD FUHLRODT

unknown age

Dead