Originally a torpedo boat, the USCZGC Gresham was acquired by the Navy in 1946 and active in the Vietnam war. Made using asbestos, she exposed many veterans to asbestos dust.
USCGC Gresham (WAVP 387) – United States Coast Guard Cutter
Status: Transferred to Maritime Administration 5/21/1973, Sold for Scrapping later that year.
Fleet: Coast Guard
Launch Date: 8/21/1943
Commission Date: 12/1/1947
Decommission Date: 4/25/1973
She began life as a motor torpedo boat tender USS Willoughby (AGP 9) and was acquired by the Navy in 1946. During World War II, she participated in the New Guinea campaign, Philippines campaign, and operations in Borneo. During the Vietnam War, she was tasked to operate in conjunction with the Navy in Operation Market Time (the interdiction of communist coastal arms and munitions traffic along the coastline) as well as support ground forces, resupply patrol boats and search and rescue operations.
A cutter is a small or medium sized vessel whose occupants exercise official authority. These ships have permanently assigned crews. Generally, they can be characterized by one mast and a bowsprit. The Navy used these ships as coastal patrols, custom duties, escort, small raids, law enforcement, and for carrying personnel and dispatches. Befitting their size, these ships were lightly armed, usually six to twelve small cannons.
Anyone who served on a cutter should speak with their doctor regarding asbestos related diseases, such as Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer, and the treatment options available.
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