USS Oglethorpe (AKA-100) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Oglethorpe (AKA-100) was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship laid down on December 26, 1944, and launched on April 15, 1945, with the hull number AKA-100. It was commissioned on June 6, the same year under Capt. James Campbell’s command, and served in the US Navy for almost 23 years until it was decommissioned in 1968. It carried a complement of 425 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, Yokosuka, San Diego, North Korea, Wonsan, and Mexico. After decommissioning, the USS Oglethorpe was struck from the Navy List on November 1, 1968. For the services brought to the country during the Korean activity, the USS Oglethorpe received 2 battle stars. Asbestos has long been known for its excellent fire and chemical-resistant properties, flexibility, and thermal stability. But when asbestos is disturbed most commonly during maintenance or repair work, Navy veterans can be exposed to dust-sized fibers that become airborne. The fibers may be released into the nearby environment and inhaled by crew members. Once inhaled and lodged in the lung tissue, asbestos fibers will not break up, or dissolve.

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Shipmates on USS Oglethorpe (AKA-100)

Cecil Stephen Frazier

Edward Randall Foss

Thomas Ferrin Sr.

Charles J. Ellmer

Harold Joseph Egoscue

Leonard Verne Delling

Herbert C. Davis

Edward Ernest Craft

Thomas Henry Copeman

Glenn T. Clapper

George Barnard Bush

Arthur Henry Berndtson

William Van Knight

Dennis McDowell