USS Nashville (CL-43) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Nashville (CL-43) was a Brooklyn-class cruiser laid down on January 24, 1935, and launched on October 2, 1937. It was commissioned on June 6, the following year under Capt. William W. Wilson’s command with the hull number CL-43 and served in the U.S. Navy for 8 years until it was decommissioned on July 3, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 868 people on board and had its main missions in Hawaii, Philadelphia, San Pedro, Kodiak, Leyte, and Morotai. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 9, 1961, and sold to Chile where it was renamed Capitan Prat and, subsequently, Chacabuco. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Nashville received 10 battle stars. Many of you already know about the harm posed by asbestos exposure. For example, asbestosis is a chronic, progressive lung disease, therefore early recognition and supportive interventions are important. Asbestosis is generally caused by long-term exposure to asbestos and symptoms typically don’t show up until 10 to 40 years after the initial exposure.

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Shipmates on USS Nashville (CL-43)

Henry J. Bittner

Ira W. Bonnett

John J. Boylan

John Shelby Brown

John W. Bucholz

Lawrence M. Cavanaugh

Francis Sanderson Craven

Win Warren Davison

Clarence J. Dreier

Dorsie David Fulwiler

Kenneth Eugene Heijn

Eldon L. Jackson

Billie Ray Lyerly

William Alfred Victoria

Amos George Whetstone