The Amphibious Assault Ship USS Guam was built in 1964, using materials and components contaminated with asbestos. Now, many who served on her suffer from mesothelioma.
USS Guam (LPH 9) – Navy Amphibious Assault Ship
Classification: Amphibious Assault Ship (Helicopter)
Status: Disposed of in support of Fleet Training Exercise
Launch Date: 8/22/1964
Commission Date: 1/16/1965
Decommission Date: 8/25/1998
In 1968 the USS Guam recovered the Gemini 11 space capsule with Dick Gordon and Pete Conrad on board. She regularly deployed to the Mediterranean during the rest of her service career. In 1983 however, she did participate in the invasion of Granada, which was immediately followed by a trip to the Mediterranean due to the Lebanese Civil War. December of that year brought Bob Hope aboard for a show for the crew.
Amphibious Assault ships were built to support ground forces during an amphibious attack. Its role is different than that of an aircraft carrier, as the assault ships transport helicopters that support forces ashore. In the Pacific theater of World War II, these ships would escort landing ships and troop carriers during the island hopping campaign. In this role, they would provide air cover for troops as well as fly the first wave of attacks on the beach. These brave men were faced with danger every day, even on their own ships. Asbestos was used in pipe insulation in amphibious assault ships constructed during this time.
Anyone who served on an amphibious assault ship 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.
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