USS Wright (CVL-49) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The Saipan-class light Aircraft Carrier USS Wright (CVL-49) was built in Camden, New Jersey with the hull number CVL-49. It was named after the Wright Brothers and was commissioned in 1947 and served for 15 years before being reclassified as a Command Ship. Overall, the ship was in active service for 23 years before being decommissioned in 1970 by the U.S. Navy.

Asbestos is a proven human carcinogen, and all forms of asbestos can cause cancer. Inhaling significant quantities of airborne asbestos causes scarring of lung tissue, cancers that develop around the lungs or intestine, cancer of the esophagus, larynx, and ovary. Another pathological feature of asbestos exposure is the presence of pleural plaques or pleural thickening which results from lesions forming on the lung lining. These can be detected by a chest X-ray.

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Shipmates on USS Wright (CVL-49)

Eugene B. Ackerman

Jeffrey Mark Adams

Lewis H. Amos

Frank A. Baillie

Albert E. Bolduc

Benjamin John Canavello

Ira F. Chilton

John Edward Clark

A. B. Cohee Jr.

James Hoban Connelly

James John Cuff

Ronald Cook Dawson

John H. Greene

George L. Gleason Jr.

Paul V. Helms

John Bernard Lakin Jr.

Francis J. Long

James Edward Maloney

William W. Morris

James F. Poole

Ronald Thomas Prunesti Sr.

Charles E. Sammis

Donald Charles Staley

Arthur Travis Wright

Byron Zurn

Leo Davitt