USS Pargo (SS-264) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

Having received 8 battle stars for World War II service, the USS Pargo was laid down by the Electric Boat Company in 1942. The name of the submarine comes from a fish which is found in the West Indies. As asbestos was a common shipbuilding material at the time, the USS Pargo makes no exception. The carcinogen was lurking on the vessel while it was on service, putting the health of those present on it in great danger. For this reason, we advise veterans who served on it to pay close attention to worrisome symptoms such as chest pain, fatigue and a persisting cough and to seek immediate medical attention if they experience any of these. In 1960, the submarine was struck from the Naval Vessel Register and ultimately sold for scrap.

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

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