USS Petrof Bay (CVE-80) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Petrof Bay (CVE-80) was a Casablanca-class escort carrier laid down on October 15, 1943, and launched on January 5, the following year. It was commissioned on February 18, 1944, with the hull number CVE-80 under Capt. Joseph L. Kane’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on 31 July 1955. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 27, 1958, and sold for scrapping to J. Berkurt’s in July 1959. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Petrof Bay received 5 battle stars and a Presidential Unit Citation.

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral mined from the ground and mixed with many different materials to provide fire-proofing, insulation, and strength. Today, the medical community is certain that exposure to asbestos causes asbestosis – an interstitial lung disease caused by inhalation of asbestos fibers. Patients with asbestosis may develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as a complication, a lung disorder that can leave patients to struggle with a range of issues that go beyond difficulties breathing.

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Shipmates on USS Petrof Bay (CVE-80)

Stanley D. Arnold

Lloyd Baima

Carroll Joseph Blaney

George Frederick Brackett

Noah Brown Butt

Samuel Walter Chadwick

Robert Daniel Ciocco

Francis William Clarke

Frank Curre Jr.

Thomas J. Daws

Davie Edward Fox

Lyman Wood Jeffreys

E. Douglas McAteer

Donald Allan Triplett