A support aircraft carrier, the USS Bennington contained a significant amount of asbestos and exposed many servicemen, who now suffer from mesothelioma and lung cancer.
USS Bennington (CVS 20) (ex-CV 20, CVA 20) – Navy ASW Support Aircraft Carrier
Classification: ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) Support Aircraft Carrier
Status: Disposed of by Navy Sale
Launch Date: 2/26/1944
Commission Date: 8/6/1944
Decommission Date: 1/15/1970
Affectionately called “Big Benn” by her crew, the USS Bennington arrived in Pearl Harbor in January of 1945 and participated in strikes against the Japanese home islands, Volcano Islands, and Okinawa. Her planes even participated in the mass flight over the USS Missouri (BB-63) and Tokyo during the surrender ceremonies. Tragically, on May 28, 1954, fluid in one of her catapults exploded which set off a series of secondary explosions and ultimately killing 103 crewman and injured 201 others. These men were recognized and honored for their bravery and heroism in April of 1955.
Aircraft Carriers are war ships that are structured to deploy and recover aircraft. They are essentially traveling airbases that have been serving the Navy for one hundred years. These ships are very important to the Navy, and played a major role in World War II. Typically they are considered the capital ship of the fleet and are very expensive to build and maintain there are only twenty one currently operating throughout the world. Often called “floating cities” aircraft carries lack the fire power of other types of ships and are usually accompanied by several other ships in the fleet for protection. Unfortunately, while serving their country, these men were exposed to asbestos while on board aircraft carriers. Asbestos was found in a number of areas on these ships, in particular the insulation that lined piping aboard these vessels.
Anyone who served on an aircraft carrier should speak with their doctor regarding asbestos related diseases, such as Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer, and the treatment options available.
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