USS Provo Victory (AK-228) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Provo Victory was a Boulder Victory cargo ship that served in the Pacific Ocean theatre during World War II. It was built by the Permanente Metals Corporation in Richmond, California in 1944 as SS Provo Victory. After it was acquired by the U.S. Navy, it underwent a name change. During World War II, the ship had Commander John E. Johansen in command. The USS Provo Victory also participated in the Korean War and it helped with the Hungnam Evacuation with the Military Sea Transportation Service and Merchant Ships which were partaking in Hungnam Korea Redeployment. In 1984, the ship was traded out for scrapping to the Nissho-Iwi Corporation in Tokyo, Japan.

Because it contained numerous products and materials manufactured with asbestos, exposure was bound to occur in everyone present on the ship. However, the heaviest asbestos exposure occurred in the damage control room, the pump room, the engine room, and the propulsion room. Thereby, we strongly advise all the veterans who served aboard the USS Provo Victory to undergo regular medical examinations, as diseases that stem from asbestos exposure are asymptomatic in their early phases.

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Shipmates on USS Provo Victory (AK-228)

donald kenneth guenther

john daniel carberry