USS Stokes (AKA-68) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Stokes (AKA-68) was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on June 26, 1944, and launched on August 31, the same year. It was commissioned on October 12, 1944, under Comdr. G. W. Graber’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on July 9, 1946. It carried a complement of 395 men on board. During World War II, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, Hilo, Saipan, Ulithi, San Francisco, Guam, and Okinawa. After decommissioning, the USS Stokes was struck from the Naval Register on July 19, 1946, and was sold to Maritime Commission where it was renamed SS Sierra. Because of how resistant the fibers are to heat, asbestos has been used across various industries, including shipbuilding. If you or someone you love have worked in the following occupations, there is a chance you could have been exposed to asbestos: damage controlmen, hull maintenance technicians, machinists, sonar technicians, boiler tenders, pipefitters, insulators, plumbers, welders, radiomen, electricians, and engineers.

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Shipmates on USS Stokes (AKA-68)

George T. Blois

David H. Amlin

Dale L. Bronson

Jonnie Logan Fowler

William Paul Mulford

John Watson Rampley