USS Palisana (AF-39) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Palisana (AF-39) was an Adria stores ship acquired by the U.S. Navy for service in World War II. The ship was laid down by the Pennsylvania Shipyards, Inc., Beaumont, Texas, on 28 August 1944 under contract with the U.S. Maritime Commission; launched on 21 October 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Hugh R. Jones; delivered to the U.S. Navy on a bareboat charter basis on 22 March 1945; and commissioned 16 April 1945, with Lt. G. S. Dietrich in command. Following shakedown, the ship embarked on cargo at Mobile, Alabama, transited the Panama Canal on May 18, and proceeded to Pearl Harbor, where it joined ServRon 8, U.S. Pacific Fleet. In 1957, the was purchased by an unknown company in Tacoma, Washington. Once asbestos fibers get stuck in lung or organ tissues, the body is incapable of eliminating them. Before asbestos begins to cause scar tissue, cellular damage, and cancer, it takes a long period. Generally, it takes between 15 and 40 years or more from the first exposure to develop symptoms. Veterans who served honorably aboard aircraft carriers, amphibious warships, battleships, cruisers, destroyers, escorts, frigates, minesweepers, submarines, and merchant marine ships may be eligible for monthly disability compensation and free VA healthcare for service-connected disabilities.

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Shipmates on USS Palisana (AF-39)

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