USS Sanborn (APA-193) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Sanborn (APA-193) was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on March 10, 1944, and launched on August 19, the same year. It was commissioned for the first time on October 3, 1944, under Comdr. Sidney Huguenin's command, with the hull number APA-193 and it served in the US Navy for 7 years until it was decommissioned for the last time on May 11, 1956. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in the Marianas, Okinawa, San Francisco, Tulagi, Japan, Eniwetok, Saipan, and the Caribbean. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1960.

It’s when the asbestos-containing materials become exposed or disrupted that airborne fibers become a threat. Most Navy veterans can clearly recall either handling asbestos-containing products on a daily basis or strongly suspect that asbestos was present. One of their regular jobs was cleaning steam pipes wrapped in asbestos insulation.

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Shipmates on USS Sanborn (APA-193)

Kenneth Wayne Abraham

Walter Rees

George P. Crory

Normand W. Gagnon

Irving Gurian

G.B. Arthur Meidling Jr.

Robert Eugene White Sr.