USS Planter (ACM-2) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Planter (ACM-2) was a Chimo-class minelayer laid down in 1943 and commissioned on April 4, the following year under Lt. T. T. Scudder’s command with the hull number ACM-2 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on May 22, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 69 people on board and had its main missions in the Mediterranean, Azores, Bizerte, Naples, Toulon, Cagliari, Oran, Norfolk, Charleston, Okinawa, and Honshu. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 23, 1947, and sold to Foss Launch and Tug Corporation in Oakland, California.

A long duration of asbestos exposure can result in a number of health risks. Asbestos is not dangerous unless it is releasing dust or fibers into the air. When inhaled, the microscopic fibers may get trapped in the lungs causing scarring and inflammation. The accumulated asbestos fibers can cause difficulty in breathing, and in some cases can lead to lung cancer. It is worth noting that if you were exposed to asbestos and later develop an illness you may be entitled to compensation.

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Shipmates on USS Planter (ACM-2)

Robert E. Elliott

Wilfred R. Cormier

Joseph F. Howard