USS Rotanin (AK-108) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Rotanin (AK-108), a Crater-class cargo ship was laid down on July 24, 1943, as SS William Kelly, under a Maritime Commission contract and launched on August 18, 1943. The ship was commissioned on November 23, 1943, under LT. William L. Howard, and served in the U.S. Navy for three years until it was decommissioned on April 5, 1946. The construction and maintenance of the ship relied on asbestos-containing products such as boiler and steam pipe insulation, fireproofing material for bulkheads, brake linings in winches, and gaskets of valves and pipe fixtures. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 190 men on board and it had the main missions in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and the Far East. For the services during World War II, the USS Rotanin earned one battle star. 

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

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Shipmates on USS Rotanin (AK-108)

ELIAS "BEAVER" ALBERT

88 years old

Dead

JAMES ANTHONY BALISCIANO

unknown age

Dead

WILLIAM C. CHANCE

unknown age

Dead