A Navy oiler, the USS Aucilla was built at the height of WWII using products and materials made from asbestos. Now, many of the men who served on her suffer from mesothelioma and lung cancer.
USS Aucilla (AO 56) (ex-MC 722) – Navy Oiler
Status: Disposed of by Navy Title Transfer to the Maritime Administration
Launch Date: 11/20/1943
Commission Date: 12/22/1943
Decommission Date: 12/18/1970
The USS Aucilla made several trips to Europe during the war, and also supported the 3d and 5th Fleet in the Western Pacific. After the war, she returned to the Atlantic and deployed several times to the Mediterranean and West Indies. The USS Aucilla was involved with many training exercises throughout her commission, and supported multiple fleets in the process. She has literally sailed around the world and back. the USS Aucilla earned five battle stars for her World War II service. As of the beginning of 1987 she remained berthed with the National Defense Reserve Fleet at James River, VA.
An Oiler is a large vessel that is designed to carry bulk oil to other ships in the fleet while they are underway. The oilers that served during World War II generally weighed several hundred tons and were around 530 feet in length. These vessels tend to move slower, and as such were common targets of German U-Boats during the Second World War. Crewmembers who sailed aboard oilers brought essential goods to their fellow Navy vessels, all the while being exposed to Asbestos.
Anyone who served on an oiler should speak with their doctor regarding asbestos related diseases such as Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer, and the treatment options available.
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Asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma lawsuits involving active-duty or retired members of the U.S. military involve additional, complex legal issues and considerations.
At The Gori Law Firm, you’ll find lawyers with extensive experience in military asbestos and mesothelioma cases, and a staff that is highly qualified and specially trained to assist us in handling these difficult cases. We also work diligently to help people living with mesothelioma obtain a trial date within six to nine months from the time their lawsuit is filed.
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