USS Sibley (APA-206) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Sibley (APA-206) was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on May 17, 1944, and launched on July 19, the same year. It was commissioned on October 2, 1944, under Comdr. Edward I. McQuiston’s command, with the hull number APA-206 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on November 27, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in California, Okinawa, San Francisco, Saipan, Iwo Jima, Maui, Tinian, and New Hebrides. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 1, 1958, and sold for scrapping to the Nicolia Joffe Corporation in 1975. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Sibley received 2 battle stars.

Up until 1980, the majority of U.S. ships contained huge amounts of asbestos. When inhaled, the asbestos fibers can stick to mucus in the trachea or bronchi. When they reach the ends of the small airways in the lungs or penetrate into the outer lining of the lung and chest wall known as the pleura, these fibers can irritate the cells and eventually cause lung cancer or mesothelioma.

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Shipmates on USS Sibley (APA-206)