Built in 1945 by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, the USS Merrick was a cargo ship designed to carry troops and supplies. It exposed many shipbuilders and veterans to asbestos dust.
USS Merrick (LKA 97) (ex- MC 219, AKA 97) – Navy Cargo Ship
Classification: Cargo Ship
Status: Disposed of by MARAD exchange
Launch Date: 1/28/1945
Commission Date: 3/31/1945
Decommission Date: 9/30/1969
Cargo ships were specifically designed to carry troops, heavy equipment, and supplied in support of amphibious assaults and to provide gunfire during those assaults. Amphibious Cargo Ships could carry landing craft as well, and their holds were optimized for combat loading. Unfortunately men on attack transports were exposed to asbestos while aboard these vessels. Asbestos was found in a number of areas on these ships, in particular the insulation that lined piping.
Anyone who served on cargo 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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