USS Oahu (ARG-5) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Oahu was a repair ship belonging to the Luzon-class that was built in the United States to serve the US Navy for World War II operations. It was named after the third largest island in the Hawaiian Islands and it was the second US Navy ship to carry this name. The ship was constructed as the Liberty Ship SS Caleb C. Wheeler under a MARCOM contract at the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard in September 1943 and sponsored by Mrs. O.F. Hurt. Its conversion took place at the Maryland Drydock Company in Baltimore and it was commissioned by the US Navy with Commander Clyde Lovelace in  Once its conversion was completed, the ship left for the Pacific to provide repair services for the ships in the Pacific Fleet, often docking at Eniwetok. The vessel later advanced towards Ulithi to assist the ships preparing for the Okinawa invasion and later returned to the Marshall Islands.  By the end of the war, the USS Oahu had been repaired over two thousand ships. It then steamed towards the West Coast and it was decommissioned at San Diego and placed in the reserve fleet at Suisun Bay. It was eventually sold to General Metals of Tacoma for scrapping.

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

Shipmates on USS Oahu (ARG-5)

Stuart G. Abel

unknown age

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Thaddeus Stanley Bochynski

89 years old

Dead

Carleton Fanton Bryant

94 years old

Dead

Louis John Bukowski

100 years old

Dead

Shufford Wesley Campbell

90 years old

Dead

Bruce N. Craton Jr.

88 years old

Dead

William Robert Dickie

unknown age

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Harvey A. Downer

unknown age

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Leland H. Frederickson

unknown age

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James L. Gillot

unknown age

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Steve John Gonda

unknown age

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Samuel F. Hurwitz

unknown age

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Edward Lynne Kibler

unknown age

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Roy Holt Lowmiller

unknown age

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Robert L. Musto

unknown age

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Langdon C. Newman

unknown age

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Lewis Emory Rice

unknown age

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Newton Franklin Robertson

unknown age

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Henry Milton Rupprecht

unknown age

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Jean Curtis Waddell

94 years old

Dead

James F. Wainwright

unknown age

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