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

The USS Provo Victory was a Boulder Victory cargo ship which 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 and the USS Provo Victory also participated in the Korean War, when it helped with the Hungnam Evacuation with the Military Sea Transportation Service and Merchant Ships which were partaking in Hungnam Korea Redeployment. Because it contained numerous products and materials manufactured with asbestos, exposure was bound to occur in everyone who was 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. Asbestos exposure involves a person inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers from the air which, on the ship, were released by various work activities. Thereby, we strongly advise all the veterans who served aboard the USS Provo Victory to undergo regular medical examination, as diseases which stem from asbestos exposure are asymptomatic in their early phases. In 1984, the ship was traded out for scrapping to the Nissho-Iwi Corporation in Tokyo, Japan.

Everyone who served on the USS Provo Victory (AK-228) inhaled the asbestos fibers and is at risk for developing lung disease

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room
  • Plotting Rooms
  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward Room
  • Deck
  • Trasmitter Room
  • Junior Officers Quarters
  • Sick Bay
  • Reefer
  • Pilot House
  • Admiral's Cabin
  • Galley
  • Mess Deck

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Shipmates on USS Provo Victory (AK-228)

DONALD KENNETH GUENTHER

93 years old

Dead

JOHN DANIEL CARBERRY

unknown age

Dead

GEORGE WASHINGTON COLER

93 years old

Alive

WILLIAM PATRICK CREHAN

92 years old

Alive

HAROLD R. FRENCH

98 years old

Alive