USS Ormsby (APA-49) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Ormsby (APA-49) was an Ormsby-class attack transport laid down on July 21, 1942, and launched on October 20, the same year. It was commissioned on June 28, 1943, under Capt. Leonard Frisco’s command with the hull number APA-49 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on March 15, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 524 people on board and had its main missions in California, Pearl Harbor, San Diego, Saipan, Makin, Leyte, Tarawa, Guam, San Francisco, and Peleliu. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 17, 1946, and sold for scrapping in 1969. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Ormsby received 6 battle stars. Handling materials containing asbestos may release asbestos fibers which then remain suspended in the air, putting Navy personnel present in the working area at risk of inhaling small-sized particles that lodge themselves within the lungs irritating them constantly. Thousands of veterans breathed in asbestos fibers every day, without knowing the harm these could cause decades later.

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Shipmates on USS Ormsby (APA-49)

Arthur Clay Black

Samuel Eugene Brooks

Jack Martin Cook

James W. Crutchfield

Hayes Edward Drum

Earnest Alcide Trahan