An Andromeda-class attack cargo ship, the USS Whiteside was built in WWII using materials and components contaminated with asbestos. She was sunk in 1971.
USS Whiteside (AKA 90) – Navy Cargo Ship
Classification: Attack Cargo Ship
Status: Sunk as Target
Launch Date: 6/12/1944
Commission Date: 9/11/1944
Decommission Date: 1/30/1958
The USS Whiteside participated in D-Day landings at Iwo Jima by sending supplies and ammunition ashore to assist the troops. She also conducted unloading operations off the coast of Okinawa. She earned two battle stars for her service during the Second World War. The USS Whiteside also participated in the Korean War, earning four battle stars for her service.
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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