USS Protector (AGR-11) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Protector (AGR-11) was a Guardian-class radar picket ship, laid down on 31 January 1945 as Liberty ship SS Warren P. Marks. The ship was launched on 15 March 1945, and delivered to the Maritime Commission, on 29 March 1945, for operation by Shepard Steamship Co. The heydays of asbestos happened prior to and during World War II when the U.S. Navy increased the number of asbestos-laden vessels in anticipation of conflict. Consequently, the health risk posed by exposure to asbestos for all marine personnel and support workers was present at extremely high rates. There have been a number of studies that have investigated the risk of getting cancer in parts of the body other than lungs and concluded that asbestos exposure might be related to cancers of the larynx, stomach, colon, and rectum. In 1957, the USS Protector (AGR-11) was acquired by the US Navy and converted to a Radar Picket Ship at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C. The ship was placed in commission on 20 February 1957, with LCDR. Glen G. Heller USN in command.

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 Protector (AGR-11)

WILLIAM ERNEST DODSON

73 years old

Dead

RICHARD G. JONES

79 years old

Alive

RICHARD C. LECHTENBERG

81 years old

Alive

JOHN EDWARD WHITE

95 years old

Alive

JOHN RAYMOND BISSONNETTE

78 years old

Alive

EUGENE FRANCIS LEHMAN

unknown age

Dead

JAMES LAURENCE VAUGHN

76 years old

Dead

DALE D. DOERR

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

CHARLES WILLIAM FUDGE

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

DAVID GEORGE PETERSON

79 years old

Dead

CHARLES ELLIS RAINEY SR.

84 years old

Dead

ROBERT HAROLD TAYLOR

93 years old

Dead