USS Oakland (CL-95) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Oakland (CL-95) was an Atlanta-class light cruiser laid down on July 15, 1941, and launched on October 23, the following year. It was commissioned on July 17, 1943, under Capt. William K. Phillips’ command with the hull number CL-95 and served in the U.S. Navy for 6 years until it was decommissioned on July 1, 1949. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 802 people on board and had its main missions in Luzon, San Diego, Ulithi, Leyte, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, Guam, Nansei Shoto, Leyte, Nagoya, and Formosa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959, and sold for scrapping in 1959 to Louis Simons. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Oakland received 9 battle stars. Nowhere was asbestos exposure more prevalent and dangerous than in naval shipyards. The fireproof qualities of asbestos meant extra protection for Navy ships that served during World War II and in the immediate aftermath and demand for asbestos products skyrocketed. Everything from the insulation on pipes to the paint coating the ship walls contained the carcinogenic substance and the most dangerous places for exposure were below-deck compartments including boiler rooms, engine rooms, navigation rooms, weapons, and ammunition storage rooms.

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Shipmates on USS Oakland (CL-95)

Guadalupe J. Cabrera Jr.

Joseph Coull Jr.

Charles Marlow Crane

Leland Kerr Davis

Norman F. Delisle

Albert W. Dickinson

Robert Nelson Dunn

Francis John Fitzpatrick

Thomas S. Forcino

John Gubansick Jr.

Fred Clifford Hiatt

Carl W. Kunish

Roderick Malone Lambert

Harold Dean McCullah

Arthur Joseph Losleben

Shepard Francis Perrin Jr.

William Kearney Phillips

Cleland Eugene Stow

John H. Vonrhine

Frank Withnell

Donald Thorbjorn Rohde

Anthony Thomas Sanfillippo

Walter James Van Riper