USS Pollux (AKS-4) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

USS Pollux was a Castor-class general stores issue ship laid down on October 2, 1941 and launched on February 5, 1942. It was commissioned on April 27, 1942 under Capt. E. J. Kidder’s command and served in the US Navy for 8 years until it was decommissioned on April 3, 1950. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 315 men on board and it had the main missions in Guantanamo Bay, the Virgin Islands, San Juan, Trinidad and Jamaica, Panama Canal Zone, Recife and Bahia, Bermuda, Bayonne or Norfolk. After the decommissioning, USS Pollux was used for atomic testing at Bikini Atoll. During the Korean War, the ship was reactivated and served in the US Navy for another 18 years, since August 5, 1950 until December 31, 1968. On January 1, 1969, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold for scrapping in September 1969. For the services brought to the country during the Korean War, USS Pollux received 5 battle stars and 7 campaign stars for the activity during the Vietnam War.  

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

Shipmates on USS Pollux (AKS-4)

CLEO HARRY BARTH JR.

88 years old

Dead

EDGAR DEWITT BROWN

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

JAMES HERMAN CASS

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

ROBERT H. CHAMBERS

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

RICHARD H. CLARK

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

ROBERT DONALD DECKER

84 years old

Dead

SHELBY R. DAY

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

WILLIAM HENRY CURTIS

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

THOMAS JOSEPH CLAY

82 years old

Dead

CARLTON C. ARMSTRONG

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

HAROLD OLIVER ANDERSON

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

RICHARD M. CLODIUS

72 years old

Alive

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