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Excerpt from "THE SNIPE'S LAMENT"
Written Aboard the USS Higbee, DD 806, 1945-1979
Millions of Veterans exposed to lethal asbestos
During and after World War II, asbestos use greatly expanded as the asbestos manufacturing companies helped write specifications for products on U.S. Navy ships. This caused hundreds of thousands of workers and sailors to be unknowingly exposed to dangerous asbestos dust in the cutting and manipulation of insulation products. As a result, many of these men and women would contract an asbestos-related disease decades later.
During a 50-year period leading up to the mid-1970's, the asbestos industry manufactured insulation products that were installed in almost every building, home, school, ship, car, and plane in America. Surprisingly, these manufacturers knew about the long-term hazards of asbestos, but chose to ignore the dangers. It was not until the 1970's that the U.S. Navy became aware of the dangers of asbestos... too late for the thousands of veterans who became afflicted with asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma as a result of their unnecessary exposure.
Veterans' lives cut short by asbestos cancer
After their service to our country, most veterans of the asbestos era led lives outside the military. They married, built careers, and raised families; never knowing that their exposure to asbestos while in the military might cruelly cut short their lives. Decades later and near retirement, many of these men and women were denied the pleasure of living out their golden years with family and friends.
No location aboard ship was safe
The wide variety of occupations of the victims of asbestos disease proves that no one was immune -- even family members became afflicted. Although fire and engine rooms were most commonly associated with asbestos disease, no place aboard ship was safe including sleeping quarters, mess halls, and navigation rooms. Thousands were exposed to asbestos while working at shipyards and dry docks. Here are a few examples of the type of personnel, jobs, and situations where people were exposed:
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