USS Triangulum (AK-102) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Triangulum (AK-102) was a cargo ship commissioned by the United States for service during World War II. The ship belonged to the Crater-class and it was named after the constellation Triangulum. Like many other ships in its class, the USS Triangulum was responsible for delivering troops, goods, and equipment in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. The ship was laid down by California Shipbuilding Corporation at their shipyards in Terminal Island, Los Angeles as the Liberty Ship SS Eugene B. Daskam in May 1943 and launched in June the same year. After the war, the vessel was sent to San Francisco and joined the reserve fleet in Hawaii. It was sold to Nicolai Joffe Corporation in March 1973 for scrapping. Asbestos fibers embedded in the body can cause the eventual development of cancers. However, symptoms and conditions can manifest decades after the initial exposure. The two cancers definitively caused by breathing in asbestos fibers are lung cancer and mesothelioma, which develops in the lining of the lungs as well as around other organs. While asbestos is one of several factors that can lead to the development of lung cancer, asbestos is currently the only factor linked to mesothelioma.

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Shipmates on USS Triangulum (AK-102)

leon carleton houston

remo puricelli

raymond morris wheatley