USS Okanogan (APA-220) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Okanogan (APA-220) was laid down by the Permanente Metals Corporation as a Haskell-class attack transport ship in 1944 to serve during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. It had the design of a Victory ship and was named after the Okanogan County of Washington. The ship was sponsored by Mrs. E. J. Husted and operated under the command of Commander Frederick Fender during World War II. It received numerous awards and honors by virtue of the extraordinary activities it performed during these conflicts, namely one battle star for World War II, six battle stars for the Korean War, four battle stars for Armed Forces Expeditionary Service and five campaign stars for the Vietnam War. Asbestos was present in large amounts on US vessels in the period when the USS Okanogan (APA-220) was active. Exposure to asbestos occurs when one breathes in or swallows the tiny asbestos fibers from the air. Thereby, people who served on the ship should undergo a periodical medical examination to timely find out about a potential disease, such as lung cancer or mesothelioma, they may have developed as a result of asbestos exposure. In 1973, the USS Okanogan was struck from the Navy Vessel Register.

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Shipmates on USS Okanogan (APA-220)

Donald L. Adamson

Frank Marshall Adamson

George W. Ballinger

Abraham B. Baltazar

James Richard Barr

Thomas Joseph Behrle

Harry Esra Belflower Jr.

John Brzozowski

Carl Carmichael

Robert Clayton Cater

Edward Charles Collins

Joseph Arthur Condrick

Ernest Bryan Copas

John D. Dedeaux

Roland R. Dequina

John Anthony Dollard

Turner William Douglas

Danny Gene Everett

James L. Felicetty

Frederick Fender

Frederick W. Freeman

Douglas R. Godshall

Howard Joseph Hodgens

Frank Joseph Jablonski Jr.

Edward Alois Janek

John Wilson Licht

Thomas L. Long

Paul W. McDonough Jr.

Harold M. Miller

James Gordon Miller Jr.

Robert E. Mimitz Sr.

Dorian Ed Muchow

Robert W. Nolan

James Joseph O'neil

Bobby G. Osborn

Alfred Patane

Robert Ross Peters

Frank Gerald Rhodes

Warren Robert Risse

William James Scott

Freddy Gene Shaffer

Bob Shelton

John David Shields

Jackie Lee Skelton

Gerald J. Smith

Harold T. Whitlock Jr.

Leroy Young

Charles T. Zito