USS Silversides (SS-236) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Silversides was one of the most successful submarines during World War II, having sunk 23 enemy vessels weighing a total of 91,444 tons. It received 12 battle stars, as well as a Presidential Unit Citation for cumulative action over four patrols. However, because it was built in 1940, asbestos may have been lurking in the wall insulation of the submarine, which put the health of those present on it at great risk. Therefore, we recommend veterans who served on the USS Silversides to undergo regular medical examinations in order to make sure the asbestos fibers they inhaled have not affected their lungs. In 1969, the submarine was struck from the Naval Vessel Register and today, it can be found as a museum ship in Muskegon, Michigan.

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

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