USS Shipley Bay (CVE-85) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Shipley Bay (CVE-85) was a Casablanca-class escort carrier laid down on November 22, 1943, and launched on February 12, the following year. It was commissioned on March 21, 1944, with the hull number CVE-85 under Capt. Edgar T. Neale’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on 28 June 1946. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959, and sold for scrapping on October 2, the same year. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Shipley Bay received 2 battle stars.

Asbestos is a fibrous, naturally occurring mineral that was used in thousands of products in a variety of industries, including the shipbuilding industry for much of the 1900s because of the mineral’s fireproofing and insulation properties. The problem with asbestos is that is composed of thin, needle-like fibers that can never be removed from the body once inhaled. They can penetrate deep into the most sensitive areas of the lungs where they can trigger pathological reactions.

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Shipmates on USS Shipley Bay (CVE-85)

Charles G. Brock

Edward Budzik

Frank M. Crane

Robert George Homewood

Stanley P. Koelling

Edgar Tilghman Neale

George William Neuhaus

Edward P. Palmer

Kenneth Ree Ridgway

Ronald W. Schalk

Arthur E. Smith

Robert S. Vidler