USS Regulus (AF-57) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

Originally laid down as the SS Escanaba Victory by the Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation in 1944 under the Emergency Shipbuilding program, the USS Regulus was the second U.S. Navy ship to have this name. The ship was sponsored by Mrs. Aubrey D. Day and served as a cargo ship, transporting stores, refrigerated items and equipment to other ships in the fleet, as well as to remote stations and staging areas, during World War II. It was acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1952 from the United States Maritime Administration. The USS Regulus was built with asbestos, as it was a very popular construction material during the last century because of the convenient properties it had, such as resistance to fire, electricity and various chemicals. Nevertheless, asbestos is a known human carcinogen and exposure can result in terrible diseases, such as asbestosis, lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis and mesothelioma. Everyone who was present aboard the USS Regulus was exposed to asbestos to a certain extent. For this reason, up to 30% of veterans now struggle with awful diseases. The ship was eventually grounded on a reef, as it became damaged beyond economical repair.

Everyone who served on the USS Regulus (AF-57) 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 Regulus (AF-57)

JOHN GEORGE ANGLESON

76 years old

Alive

DONALD WAYNE ASHLEY

77 years old

Alive

JOSEPH L. BARR

85 years old

Alive

RICHARD GARY BATES

72 years old

Alive

MICHAEL ERVIN BEAVER

78 years old

Alive

WESLEY D. BELVEAL

98 years old

Alive

JAMES PAUL BLANTON

69 years old

Dead

MICHAEL KENT CAVERLY

87 years old

Alive

DAVID LEE CUNNINGHAM

85 years old

Alive

JAMES TRACY DUBOSE

84 years old

Alive

BRADLEY ALFRED FLATEGRAFF

70 years old

Alive

ROBERT W. FINLAY JR.

97 years old

Alive

ANIANO R. FONTANARES

86 years old

Alive

LESLIE SHELBY FOX

86 years old

Alive

DANIEL E. GARRETT

73 years old

Alive

LLOYD WAYNE FRY

77 years old

Alive

THOMAS CURTIS GROCE SR.

86 years old

Alive

DALLAS DWIGHT HAGELBARGER II

71 years old

Alive

MAURICE E. HAIR

unknown age

Dead

VINCENT PATRICK HAYDEN JR.

71 years old

Alive

JOHN HIRAM HOPPER

83 years old

Alive

ROY ARTHUR HOENIG

87 years old

Alive

ROBERT PAUL HYAM

77 years old

Alive

KENNETH CHARLES LOFTUS

84 years old

Alive

WILLIAM T. LOHKAMP

unknown age

Dead

JOHN JOSEPH LYONS

88 years old

Alive

ARNOLD DAVID MARSH

84 years old

Alive

RAY MCNAMEE

88 years old

Alive

CARL HENRY PETERSDORF

unknown age

Dead

RICHARD W. ZURICH

93 years old

Alive

RICHARD JAMES NEIMAN

77 years old

Alive

JAMES B. OSBORNE

92 years old

Alive

THOMAS L. ROCKHOLD SR.

84 years old

Alive

CHARLES B. SHULTZ

85 years old

Alive

CLIFFORD LOUIS SIMS JR.

94 years old

Alive

THOMAS GORDON STEVENS

83 years old

Dead

REX CALVIN TAYLOR

99 years old

Alive

LUPE MENDOZA TORRES

73 years old

Alive

HARVEY JEAN WESTFALL

96 years old

Alive

JAMESE. WHITTEMORE

82 years old

Alive