USS Vigil (AGR-12) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Vigil (AGR-12) was a Guardian-class radar picket ship, constructed as a Liberty Ship in 1944, initially under the name SS Raymond Van Brogen. It was launched in 1945 and delivered to the War Shipping Administration. The ship performed several resupply missions in the Pacific Ocean theatre, carrying troops, aircraft, and other supplies. After the end of WWII, she was transferred to Waterman Steamship Corporation, which operated her from Mobile, Alabama, then taken out of service and berthed with the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Mobile, Alabama. In 1957 she was placed in service and assigned to the Continental Air Defense Command and has operated out of Davisville, Rhode Island, as a seaward extension of the radar coverage system. In 1965 she was placed out of commission and returned to the National Defense Reserve Fleet to be sold for scrapping five years later. During that period, it was very common for manufacturers to use asbestos in various parts of the navy ships, because of its heat-resisting, fireproofing and high durability qualities. Personnel working below deck with boilers, pipes or electrical components may now be at risk of developing serious diseases, due to asbestos exposure.

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 Vigil (AGR-12)

PATRICK JOSEPH CONLEY

unknown age

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KENNETH L. GOODSON

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CHARLES B. KAA JR

unknown age

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VINCENT C. KNEIZYS

unknown age

Dead

ROBERT BURNS MACDONALD

unknown age

Dead

JOSEPH F. NOONAN

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

ROBERT D. PHILIPP

unknown age

Dead

RICHARD E. COX

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

DANIEL JOHN DRUMEL

unknown age

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MICHAEL FORD

unknown age

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JAMESCLEMENT HUTSON

unknown age

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JAROSLAW JERRY LISOWSKY

unknown age

Uncertain N/A

PETER BULKLEY MARTIN

unknown age

Dead