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I warned about this in another post, but this subject deserves discussion on its own. 

I just lost my good buddy ICFN Chris Nelson a couple of weeks ago.  His funeral was last week.  He had lung surgery a couple of years ago at the Portland VA hospital, and was on full disability from the VA due to his illnesses.  This was caused from asbestos exposure during time on board the Fox.  Evidently, there was an effort to remove asbestos and throw it over the side on the way back from WestPac '73, prior to going into the yards in Long Beach.  A number or our sailors were exposed during that exercise.

Happy Veteran's Day.
Yes many may have been exposed---1969-1970 chunks of asbestosewere usedto stand on --in the boiler fireboxes to chip away the build up of carbon---I was one who had to do that--before I became a Corpsman striker
All of the steam pipes were wrapped in asbestos throughout the ship.
Thomas R hagen, RN (retired)

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