USS Rasher (SS-269) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Rasher (SS-269) was built in 1942 as a Gato-class submarine by the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company. It completed 8 war patrols, out of which 4 were successful, hence the Presidential Unit Citation, 7 battle stars for World War II performance, and 2 battle stars for service off Vietnam it received. In 1953, the submarine was decommissioned and in 1971, it was struck from the Naval Vessel Register and subsequently sold for scrapping.

Asbestos has been commonly used in products, such as cloth insulation that’s used to cover electrical wires, insulation for pipes, pumps, boilers, and turbines. The issue with asbestos is that these fibers can very easily be cast into the air if the product is disturbed or broken, or indeed during maintenance or repair work. These fibers are extremely dangerous when inhaled and can contribute to a number of adverse health effects including tumors, pleural plaque, and pleural thickening.

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Shipmates on USS Rasher (SS-269)

benjamin ernest adams jr

samuel lee ashpaugh jr

dave ball

joseph w. bird jr

levi bolton

thomas w.e. bowdler

albert j. dempster sr

patrick gerald lyon

ord kimzey jr

henry glass munson

robert wesley stecher