USS Rainier (AE-5) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

USS Rainier was a Lassen-class ammunition ship, which was laid down on May 14, 1940 under the name of Rainbow. It was launched on March 1, 1941 and the US Navy received it on April 16, 1941. On the day of commissioning, December 21, 1941, it received the name Rainier after Mount Rainier, the highest mountain of the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest, and was under Capt. William W. Meek’s command. Its first missions were from Port Chicago in California to Pearl Harbor and then to Tongatapu, Fijis, Noumea, Auckland and back to the United States. Thus, the ship served in the US Navy for 5 years until it was decommissioned for the first time on April 30, 1946. On May 25, 1951 it was commissioned again and it operated in the eastern Pacific, Sasebo, Pohang and Pusan, and then back to California. During the Vietnam War, the ship operated between Subic Bay and replenishment areas off Vietnam. It was decommissioned for the second time and struck from the Naval Register on August 7, 1970. For its service brought to the US Navy during the Korean and Vietnam wars, USS Rainier received twelve battle stars overall.

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

Shipmates on USS Rainier (AE-5)

BENAJAH FOSTER U.S.N.R.

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EVELYN J. FIELDS

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VERNOR W. ENGEBRETSON

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JAMES MICHAEL ELLIS

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WILLIAM LAWRENCE ECKERT

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PATRICIA LOUISE DUWEL

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WAYNE RAY DOWNEY

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HARRY LUKE DEWOLF

52 years old

Dead

VAN ANDREW DASHER

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ROBERT A. DAHL

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CHAD MICHAEL CORRELL

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BRIAN ANTHONY CISSELL

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ROBERT A. CHURCH

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JAMES HERMAN CASS

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CATHERINE LYNN CAIN

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GEORGE H. BRENNAN

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ROBERT WILLIAM BIGONESS

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JOHN KEVIN BELL

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DOUGLAS SCOTT ARELLANO

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JOSEPH PATRICK APPELT

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WARREN PERCY ALTHOUSE

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JAMES S. ALLAN

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