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All Cold War Veterans- this can be very important to you the ships most of us served on contained

a lot of asbestos, and we were all exposed to it 24/7

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I've worried about this, as well. I spent 3 1/2 years an a DE/FF - one of McNamara's wet-dream boats, LOL! A couple of years ago, I got a whiff of 'bad gas' while inspecting a well-sight in the Texas gas/oil fields and got chronic bronchitis from it, since then I've really worried about what the combined effect of that and all the (Usually lagged, sometimes not) asbestos from the Navy.

My Father passed of lung cancer....even though he was a healthy guy 56 years after a brave 3 year battle with lung cancer...I have contacted a law firm that deals with this type of thing, You know those commercials I couldnt help but get mad. He was too young. I shoulda got 20 more years, But the Navy stole the healthy days. he is gone. it happens. and its wrong. and no one can bring you back. And it seems like no one cares.


I was on the Mt Baker Ae4 back in the mid 60s, playing with the stuff like kids do, I was in M-division then, working on the old Sola evaporators


i was on board the u.s.s. orion as-18 77-79 during my time on board (deck div.) we tore out all the lagging in deck div. berthing with no protective gear at all 2 day's latter we found out that all the lagging was asbestos they took all our name's so they could entire this in our medical record's well me just being a sr at the time i didn't know any better to check latter on to see if it was entered in med. record long story short NO it wasen't, after i retiered in 1999,filed claims with the v.a. was granted 40%, In 2011 my v.a. doctor told me i had severe case of C.O.P.D. i put in a claim the v.a. said not service connected grantit i was a smoker at one time but i still think part could be related to asbestos, my v.a. doctor disabled me told me i couldn't work no more so i had to quite a great job, i did file for S.S.D. which i was aprroved for (lucky first time i applyed)  any way what is my next course of action to help get my over the 50% range, gl to u all mike ret. bm1sw& craft master.

you might try gettin a ct scan from the newer machine that have a lot of pictures,va didn't do that did they?steve gibson usn retired

I served onboard the USS Oriskany which loaded with asbestos. I remember working off of the flight deck in the crash shack directly below the stacks. Every launch we were showered y the stuff.

I was exposed to it on the Oriskany in the mothball fleet in 1991.

My First Ship the USS Alamo LSD-33, I was down in troop side ripping out asbestos when I worked in Deck Force, with no face protection... Retired in 1998.. It's now 2013 and don't have any signs yet.... But good information here Hope i never do get any of that

I do have a bad case of skin cancer but I use to work out on deck, a lot and with red hair than, I was fair skin... VA don't think I deserve anything for that... But then again I am still fighting now going on 5 years on an appeal from VA Oakland

With over 700,000 backlogged cases, and the fact that FOX News reported on that story quoting VA that said about only 17% of those working on our medical Records are actually qualified... Mmmmm Guess that is why I myself have been denied over and over....


i go to the va hosptal i told them about me having a hard time breathing and they just say it lung diseise im in pain and sick 24/7 all they want to do is fill me full of pills that dont work

after 7years  trying to get the navy to admit to anything that was wrong and dangerous I contacted a lot of my shipmates and got letters from them telling what did happen. and I finally am having my case re -opened. I will keep everyone about what happens but I am  70 years old now and I hope I finally get the truth from the navy and the need proof on paper because the VA will never believe you without proof.

I spent 3 years on a AF and a steam pipe was right on top of me wrapped with the stuff. I was on the top rack. slept there every night or part of every night for three years. Still here 53 years later and in pretty good shape for now anyway..


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