USS O-9 (SS-70) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS O-9 (SS-70) is another submarine that might have been contaminated with asbestos. Her keel was laid down on 15 February 1917 at Fore River Shipbuilding Company of Quincy, Massachusetts. She was launched on 27 January 1918 sponsored by Mrs. Frederick J. Sherman and commissioned on 27 July 1918 with Lieutenant Oliver M. Read, Jr. in command. Because it was decommissioned in 1931 and then launched again 10 years later, some adjustments could have been made to the inside of the vessel, so people who were present on the USS O-9 during World War II should be very cautious with regard to their health. The submarine was decommissioned in 1941 and subsequently foundered. Navy veterans can file a claim for disability compensation for health problems they believe are related to exposure to asbestos during military service. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs decides these claims on a case-by-case basis. In addition to your VA disability benefits claim, you may still have other financial remedies available, namely through one or more of the established asbestos trust funds.

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Shipmates on USS O-9 (SS-70)