USS TUCSON CL-98
Asbestos was a double-edged sword on Pacific wartime battleships like the USS Tucson CL-98
Besides the obvious risks of war, the USS Tucson CL-98 had one major
hazard – she was built bow to stern with asbestos materials in preparation for combat
with the Japanese, and as a precaution against fires at sea, a very real danger
during the war in the Pacific.Unfortunately, a large percentage of Navy
veterans who served valiantly on U.S. battleships were subjected to asbestos exposure in the confined
areas below deck, and died by the thousands of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related
USS Tucson CL-98
May 18, 2010 – The USS Tucson CL-98 was originally an Atlanta-class cruiser
that was later modified to be an Oakland-class cruiser. Construction began on
December 23, 1942, and she was launched on September 3, 1944, as part of the war
effort against Japan.
Heading to the Far East, the USS Tucson CL-98 joined a Naval task force and
participated in numerous attacks against the Japanese home islands, right up to
the end of the war.
After the war, the USS Tucson CL-98 remained in the Far East as part of the
occupation force, and was finally sent back to the United States where, in 1949,
the ship was decommissioned.
Asbestos and the USS Tucson CL-98
Asbestos was used by the ton on U.S. Navy battleships as bulkhead insulation
and to limit the spread of fire. Asbestos was employed everywhere, from the
boiler and engine rooms to the steam and hot water pipes that ran through the
entire length of the ship.
Some sailors who later came down with fatal asbestos-related cancers have
testified that when the big guns on board fired, they rattled the ship causing
asbestos dust to fall like dandruff on
their beds and in their living quarters.
Protect your family’s financial future
If you served aboard the Tucson and have been diagnosed with an
asbestos-related disease, we urge you to contact an asbestos lawyer at the law firm of Weitz
& Luxenberg via the form at left.
Weitz & Luxenberg has protected the legal rights of asbestos-injured
military veterans for 25 years – longer than most law firms in the nation. And
in that time the firm's mesothelioma
lawyers have won several billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for these