USS Vesuvius (AE-15) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Vesuvius was an ammunition ship that served in the US Navy for almost 23 years. The 459-foot long ship, with a 63-foot beam, was launched on May 26, 1944, and commissioned on January 16, 1945, under Comdr. Flavius J. Goerge's command. The USS Vesuvius participated in 3 important wars: World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. During World War II, the vessel had the mission to load the US fleet located at Earle, New Jersey, and Japan with ammunition. The following year, on April 20, 1946, the ship was decommissioned for the first time. Five years later, on November 15, 1951, the USS Vesuvius was recommissioned due to the Korean War. Some of the missions during this period were to load the ships located in Port Chicago, California, and in Sasebo, Japan. Due to the activity accomplished during the 3 wars, the USS Vesuvius received a total of 14 battle stars. On August 14, 1973, the vessel was decommissioned for the last time and struck from the Naval Register the same day.

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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Shipmates on USS Vesuvius (AE-15)

MELVIN A. GROW

unknown age

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FRANCIS HOYT GREGORY

85 years old

Dead

SYLVANUS WILLIAM GODON

69 years old

Dead

JOSEPH GALLINA

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

HARRY EDWARD FLOOD

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

ELTON L. FAUBER

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

UMBERTO H. ESQUIBEL

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

ALVIN VALMORE DURHAM

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

JESSE W. DUNNAGAN

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

HARLEY DUNHAM

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

ORLAND EUGENE DAVIS

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

RICARDO ANGELES CRUZ

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

MERRILL KINSELL CLEMENTSON

69 years old

Dead

ARCHIE CLARK

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

JAMES HASELDEN CHAPMAN

91 years old

Dead

HERMAN A. CHAMBERS JR.

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

HAL P. CASE

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

EDWARD L. BRIDGES

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

JAMES KENNETH BREUER

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

MERLYN DUTCH DONALD BELL

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

HARRY HAYES BARTON

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

JAMES HENRY ASHLEY JR

68 years old

Dead

ROBERT LEON ABLES

86 years old

Dead

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