USS Propus (AK-132) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Propus (AK-132) was a Crater-class cargo commissioned by the U.S. Navy for service in World War II. The cargo ship was laid down on 31 January 1944 as SS Frederick Tresca, under a Maritime Commission contract by St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida, and launched on 29 March 1944. The Crater-class cargo ship is a category of freighter that was constructed for delivering troops, goods, and equipment to locations in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II. Her awards include the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and World War II Victory Medal. Asbestos exposure was not limited to one specific area on a Navy vessel. However, high asbestos risk areas include engine and boiler rooms, damage control area, pump room, crew berthing space, mess deck, and wardroom. Due to being brittle, asbestos poses a risk to health if airborne, as inhalation is the main way that asbestos enters the body. When these fibers are inhaled they can cause irreversible scarring of the tissues.

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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Shipmates on USS Propus (AK-132)

HENRY PETER KEDRON

unknown age

Dead

WILLIAM KELLY

90 years old

Dead

HERMAN CARL MELHORN JR.

unknown age

Dead

CLARENCE EDWARD MITCHELL

84 years old

Dead

JOHN JOSEPH ZALETTA

unknown age

Dead