USS Sherburne (APA-205) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

Named after the Sherburne County of Minnesota, the ship was laid down by the Permanente Metals Corporation in 1944 to serve during World War II. The USS Sherburne also participated in Operation Magic Carpet, during which it was responsible for carrying servicemen back to the United States. The ship was sponsored by Mrs. Mary Sernach and operated under the command of Commander Lannis A. Parker during the war. For the outstanding performances it conducted, the USS Sherburne earned one battle star. Because it was built with tremendous amounts of asbestos, exposure was bound to occur in everyone who was serving aboard the ship. As a consequence, 30% of veterans now struggle with a disease stemming from military asbestos exposure. It is worthy of note that diseases that occur as a result of asbestos exposure take between 20 and 50 years to develop, as they have a long latency period. People who were part of the crew of the USS Sherburne are strongly encouraged to undergo a regular medical examination, as they are at high risk of developing a serious disease, such as lung cancer. In 2012, the ship was scrapped by the BB Metals, Sparrow’s Point, Maryland.

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Shipmates on USS Sherburne (APA-205)