USS Theenim (AKA-63) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Theenim (AKA-63) was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship laid down on July 18, 1944, and launched on October 31, 1944, with the hull number AKA-63. It was commissioned on December 22, 1944, under Comdr. G. A. Littlefield’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on May 10, 1946. It carried a complement of 399 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Virginia, Norfolk, South Pacific, Hawaii, Solomon Islands, Guadalcanal, the Marianas, Saipan, Hagushi, Espiritu Santo, and Leyte. On May 12, 1946, the ship was struck from the Navy List. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Theenim received 1 battle star. Asbestos, considered a miracle material because it did not burn, was hard as a rock, and could be used virtually anywhere, has been extremely lethal to those who have inhaled its fibers and dust particles. Navy veterans may be entitled to damages such as costs of medical bills and lost wages because many of the manufacturers of asbestos-containing products knew of asbestos dangers but failed to adequately warn purchasers and employers.

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Shipmates on USS Theenim (AKA-63)