USS Wake Island (CVE-65) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Wake Island (CVE-65) was a Casablanca-class escort carrier laid down on February 6, 1943, and launched on September 15, the same year. It was commissioned on November 7, 1943, with the hull number CVE-65 under Capt. Hames R. Tague’s command and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on April 5, 1946. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 17, 1946, and sold for scrapping on April 19, the same year to Boston Metals Company in Baltimore. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Wake Island received 3 battle stars. The most common varieties of asbestos include amosite, chrysotile, and crocidolite. When crushed or broken, asbestos turns into fine fibers that are too minuscule to be seen with the naked eye. These individual fibers are then mixed with a binding material that turns them into asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). The Navy used asbestos-containing materials for many purposes, for example, ACMs were used in many materials, including boilers, turbines, pumps, gaskets, adhesives, and pipe coverings. High-pressure steam valves used in machinery on Navy ships also contained asbestos materials. They were extensively used in engine and boiler rooms.

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Shipmates on USS Wake Island (CVE-65)

Luther Virgil Avery

Edward Budzik

Thomas Dwight Cherry

Jack Denker

O'hern Vincent Dufour

John J. Gamble

Jewell Bradford Holloway

Thomas Francis Jennings

Hilbert Jensen

Adam Charles Lewis

Jack Junior Marlow

William Robert McCann

Robert J. Nickel

James Robert Tague

Dan Lee Taylor Sr.

Jack L. Thomas

Joseph Maynard Wetherington