Memorial Day makes us think about all of the members of our armed services who gave their all. But not all of those who lost their lives in service of their country lost them on the battlefield–some died from exposure to asbestos while they were in the Army, Air Force, Marines and especially the Navy.

According to

“All branches of the U.S. military confirmed their use of asbestos, although much of its use was in the Navy… Not only did contractors build Navy ships with asbestos-laden products, but they also built Navy planes, barracks and bases with them. This put members of the Navy at the highest risk for asbestos exposure, more so than members of other U.S. military branches.”

Mesothelia From the Navy gives us a list of the highest risk jobs for asbestos exposure:

Boatswain’s mate
Boiler tender
Electrician’s mate
Gunner’s mate
Machinist’s mate

The Army and Air Force used asbestos in electric wiring insulation and in break and clutch pads on vehicles and aircraft, while the Marines and Coast Guard used asbestos on ships, airplanes and armored vehicles.

There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos and asbestos was used from the 1930’s through the 1970’s in all parts of Navy ships including: the engine room, deck flooring, walls, doors, and piping as well as for fireproofing. It was thought to be safe and effective, but it turned out to be deadly.

If you encounter asbestos, do not touch it or remove it yourself. Call upon a professional asbestos removal company like Alliance Environmental Group. We can remove any asbestos material without danger to you, your family, your neighborhood or our environment.

We will be remembering all those who gave the “last full measure of devotion” to our country this weekend, whether on or off the battlefield.