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U.S. Navy Asbestos Exposure

Corpus Christi Naval Air StationTexans who served in the U.S. Navy as close to home as Corpus Christi, Texas Naval Air Station or as far away as the South Pacific or Vietnam faced a deadly threat — not just from the enemy, but tragically from the asbestos onboard their own ships. Decades later, that danger has surfaced in the form of asbestos related disease. Of the 2,500 to 3,000 Americans diagnosed annually with malignant mesothelioma, a significant percentage of those individuals served in the U.S. Navy from World War II to Vietnam.

Ben DuBose has proudly represented veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam including the family of Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., Commander of US Naval Forces Vietnam (COMMNAVFORM) 1968 - 1970, Chief of Naval Operations in 1970 - 1974. Admiral Zumwalt was a trailblazer who instituted many reforms in the U.S. Navy during his service. Tragically, his service to our country exposed him to asbestos aboard U.S. Navy vessels. Ben was honored to represent the family of Admiral Zumwalt who passed away from malignant mesothelioma in January 2000.

Navy ship USS TexasOn this page you will find a listing of U.S. Navy ships in service during World War II, many of which also continued as part of the U.S. Navy fleet well into 1970s and 80s. All of these ships were steam-powered vessels that required the use of asbestos for thermal insulation and many other purposes.