The USS Yorktown was built in the early years of WWII. Constructed by Newport News Shipbuilding using asbestos for many parts and components, it exposed many veterans and shipbuilders to asbestos dust.
USS Yorktown (CVS 10) (ex-CV 10, CVA 10) – Navy ASW Support Aircraft Carrier
Classification: ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) Support Aircraft Carrier
Status: Donated as Museum and Memorial
(Currently located at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant, SC).
Launch Date: 1/21/1943
Commission Date: 4/15/1943
Decommission Date: 6/27/1970
The USS Yorktown participated in several campaigns in the Pacific Theater during the Second World War. Her first major assault operation was the occupation of the Gilbert Islands. She launched several raids in an effort to suppress enemy airpower. She also participated in attacks on the Marshall Islands, Marianas, New Guinea, Guam, Bonin Islands, Pagen Island, Iwo Jima, Philippines, Luzon, Okinawa, and Japan. She took part in many notable battles, the planes from the USS Yorktown claimed 37 enemy aircraft in the Battle of the Philippine Sea alone. She earned 11 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation for her outstanding service during World War II. In the Vietnam War, she provided antisubmarine warfare support as well as search and rescue support and earned five battle stars for her service. The USS Yorktown also served as a recovery ship for the Apollo 8 mission, and was featured in the movies, Tora! Tora! Tora! and The Philadelphia Experiment.
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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