USS Rolette (AKA-99) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Rolette (AKA-99) was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship laid down on December 2, 1944, and launched on March 11 the next year with the hull number AKA-99. It was commissioned on April 27, 1945, under Comdr. Lamar M. Wise’s command and served in the US Navy for a few months until it was decommissioned for the first time at the end of the year 1945. It was also struck from the Navy List on April 23, 1945. The second time it was commissioned was on August 13, 1951, and served in the US Navy for another 4 years until May 1, 1956. The ship operated in Pearl Harbor, Samar Island, Philippine Islands, Tokyo, California, San Diego, and Okinawa. On July 1, 1960, the USS Rolette was struck from the Naval Register. Not long ago, many industries, including shipbuilding, used asbestos in construction materials because it could resist heat and chemicals, it was strong, durable, and affordable. Since the early 1940s, millions of U.S. Navy veterans have been exposed to asbestos. When people breathe in asbestos fibers, the fibers get trapped in their lungs. As time passes, these fibers gather, leading to inflammation of the lungs and scarring.

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Shipmates on USS Rolette (AKA-99)

Lee Francis Wilson

Edward Henry Unkle

Bernard J. Brennan

James F. Cole

Paul Swan Cushman Sr.

Orville J. Gladen

William Leon Martin

Raymond J. Mello

John Thomas Quirk

Eugene Roe

George Myers Stephens Jr.

Marlow P. Taylor