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The Coast Guard has alerted all previous Vet that if anyone served on CG Cutter built after 1970 that they need to place something in their civilian and Va health record to that fact... Asbestos and Lead poison is what they are concerned about... I'm sure the same applies for U. S. Navy Vessels too.. By the way they tore down our barracks at Barbers point Air Station because it was filled with asbestos... So it not only applies to ship too... now that probably cover the other 3 armed forces too... Asbestos used in buildings...??????????????????????????????????
 

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I was in the Navy from 1964 to 1968. I served on board a ship from 1965 to 1968. I can assure you all the steam pipes and hot water pipes were insulated with asbestos and the steam valves were covered with asbestos blankets. I spent several months in the Newport News ship yards getting a refit and all those steam lines were laid bare and redone so all of us were breathing asbestos particles. Prior to that when I lives at home our hot water was heated with a "bucket a day" coal stove. Every so often my day would have to reline the inside of the stove. He would go to the hardware store and buy asbestos powder bulk and bring it home in a paper bag, mix it with water until it was a thick paste and line the stove with it. For an ancient history class in Jr High school I made a diorama of Pyramids in the Egyptian desert using that asbestos powder. Am I at risk? Probably
 
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Went through a few yard periods and a major overhaul. All the yard workers had white coveralls and breathing masks. We had our seafarers and chambray shirts. Anytime we worked on pumps, blowers, valves, etc., you had to rip off the old asbestos coverings. When done you had to put the pre-formed blocks on the piping, mix the powdered mud to coat them, wrap with asbestos cloth, then paint and re-stencil the lines. I was in the Navy's asbestos program until I turned 45. X-rays and spiro tests every year. After I turned 45, they said you don't get checked anymore. No sign of asbestosis to this day.
 

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Two of my uncles were WWII Navy vets. One was a submariner in the Pacific during the war, and the other went in just at the end of the war. Both died from non genetic pulmonary diseases. I find that somewhat coincidental, and wonder if there's any relation to the fact that they both served at a time when asbestos was commonly used.
 
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