USS Saury (SS-189) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Saury (SS-189) was the only submarine that was named after the saury, a long-beaked relative of the flying fish found in certain areas of the Atlantic Ocean. Laid down by the Electric Boat Company in 1937, it was sponsored by Mrs. Mary E. Casbarian, wife of James Paul Casbarian, who headed the Navy’s Ships Names and Sponsors Office, and commanded by Lieutenant G. W. Patterson, Jr. The USS Saury was decommissioned in 1946 and sold for scrap in 1947. Asbestos is a special fiber that was used widely in almost every industry, including the shipbuilding industry. Exposure to asbestos-containing products has proven to be extremely toxic and potentially fatal. Asbestos exposure has been know to cause lung cancer in the bodies of shipbuilders, insulators, boilermakers, pipefitters, water tenders, welders, and hull maintenance technicians. If you worked in any of these trades and have been diagnosed with lung cancer, bronchial cancer, asbestosis, or mesothelioma you can recover the financial compensation you deserve by filing a claim with the VA.

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Shipmates on USS Saury (SS-189)

allen alfred bergner

anthony henry dropp

george robert heron

thomas james sexton

ottis penton

ralph stanley piatek

robert dunlap risser

reginald marbury raymond