USS Ranger (CV/CVA-61) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Ranger (CV/CVA-61) was a Forrestal-class Aircraft Carrier, built in Newport News, Virginia, with the hull number CV-61 in order to differentiate it from the previous USS Ranger with the hull number CV-4. Its active service lasted for 37 years since it was commissioned in 1957 and until 1993 when it was decommissioned. It conducted missions in Vietnam and received thirteen battle stars. The ship measured 1,046 feet, carried over 3,800 men, and held between 70 and 90 aircraft. While other ships were made museum pieces, this one has an uncertain fate and waits to see if it will be scrapped or converted into a museum.

Naturally heat-resistant, asbestos proved to be a cheap and efficient component in insulation, therefore, used on every United States Navy ship built between 1930-1970. More than 90% of the asbestos used for insulation was chrysotile (white asbestos) - characterized by its curly, long fibers. As there is no safe level that would prevent the likelihood of asbestos-related diseases occurring, the risk to human health now and in the future when the asbestos is disturbed or deteriorates is unacceptable.

Everyone who served on the USS Ranger (CV/CVA-61) inhaled the asbestos fibers and is at risk for developing lung disease

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Shipmates on USS Ranger (CV/CVA-61)

REGUIBERTO JOSE ABAD

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

PEDRITO JOSEGALERA ACOSTA

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

ALEXANDER ALCANTAR

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

HERNANDO S. ANDRADA

85 years old

Alive

WILLIAM KING ATTEBERY

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

ALVAN TURNER AUSTIN

81 years old

Alive

CHARLES RICHARD BAIRD

82 years old

Alive

JOHN I. BARNEY

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

RICHARD FRANK BASSETT

80 years old

Alive

DON GEORGE BEATTY

86 years old

Alive

CHARLES W. BENSON

unknown age

Dead

CURTISS C. BOHALL

86 years old

Alive

ROBERT FRANCIS CLARK

76 years old

Dead

JOE DODDS EWING

unknown age

Dead

WILLIAM CLYDE FENTON JR

78 years old

Alive

RICHARD TILLMAN GASKILL

88 years old

Dead

MORRIS LAMAR HICKS

81 years old

Alive

PATRICK THOMAS HOLLAND

82 years old

Alive

JAMES L. JAINDL

82 years old

Alive

JAMES A. ZIEGELHOFFER JR

73 years old

Alive

DONALD JOSEPH WOLOSZYK

78 years old

Alive

ANTHONY YERO

85 years old

Alive