USS Puffer (SS-268) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

Having won multiple awards for World War II activity, including the Philippine Liberation Medal, the Navy Unit Commendation and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, as well as 9 battle stars, the USS Puffer was laid down in 1942 as a Gato-class submarine by the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company. It completed 9 war patrols under the command of Lieutenant Commander M. J. Jensen. Nevertheless, despite the successful career of the submarine, asbestos was present in large amounts on the vessel, mostly in wall insulation. Consequently, we urge veterans who served on it to keep a close eye on their health and undergo annual medical examinations to ensure their lungs are in good condition. In 1960, the USS Puffer was struck from the Naval Vessel Register and subsequently sold for scrap.

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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