For all the important service our naval oiler served our country, there is a darker side to these ships between the 1930’s and late 1970’s. Many crewmembers were exposed to asbestos while conducting repairs, modifications, or serving aboard these vessels. Asbestos was commonly used in the insulation fixtures around piping and boilers, and was particularly common in naval vessels. Today we know asbestos to be carcinogenic. However, many men were unknowingly exposed and have today contracted respiratory complications because of this exposure. Those who believe they may have been exposed to asbestos should contact their physician and discuss their asbestos history.
Read: how it can affect you.
in the bowels
where they had to work.
|Marion Spilmon is
just one of several who had a history of contacting
Tom Wickert went down fighting the problem.
Wayne Jones was exposed many times but never got sick.
We need to recognize and help all of these valuable oiler service people.