Description: History of Naval Base Kodiak in Kodiak, Alaska, including information about asbestos exposure for shipyard workers.
Naval Air Station Kodiak was established in 1941, commanded by Commander John Perry. The location was chosen for the surrounding ice-free waters. It served as the principal advance naval base in Alaska and the North Pacific at the beginning of World War II. Ships and submarines from Naval Base Kodiak played a critical role in the Aleutian campaign.
Nearby Fort Greely supplied coast artillery and infantry troops to defend against possible invaders. Fort Abercrombie was established as a sub-post of Fort Greely with a permanent 8-inch gun battery in 1943.
The Coast Guard Air Station was commissioned in 1947 as an air detachment at Naval Air Station Kodiak. The U.S. Navy left Kodiak in 1971. The base is now known as Integrated Support Command Kodiak, the largest operating base of the U.S. Coast Guard in Kodiak, Alaska. Integrated Support Command Kodiak is homeport to USCGC Alex Haley, USCGC Storis, and USCGC Spar.
Naval Base Kodiak, Fort Greely, and Fort Abercrombie are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, declared a National Historic Landmark in 1985.
Ships and aircraft that passed through Naval Base Kodiak were built using components that contained asbestos. Until the 1970s, asbestos was in common use because of its heat resistance, fire resistance, water resistance, and resistance to corrosion. It was cheap and readily available, so it could be found in wall insulation, floor and ceiling tiles, fire doors, valves, gaskets, boilers, turbines, incinerators, engine rooms, sealants, cement, hot water pipes, steam pipes, welding blankets, and rope. It was also a health hazard, and Naval Base Kodiak workers were exposed to asbestos without access to protective clothing, respiratory gear, or proper ventilation.
Asbestos inhalation and ingestion can cause a number of serious, often terminal illnesses. Some of these asbestos-related diseases are lung cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, colorectal cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma.
Asbestosis is a scarring of the lungs brought on by inhaling asbestos fibers. It is characterized by shortness of breath, not coughing, and can lead to respiratory failure. Asbestosis is an irreversible condition that can also lead to an increased risk of developing mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that attacks the mesothelium, or lining that surrounds the lungs. It cannot be diagnosed for 20 to 50 years after initial asbestos exposure because the symptoms take so long to manifest. Symptoms of mesothelioma can mimic other illnesses such as pneumonia and lung cancer, so it is important to naval base workers to inform their doctors of their history of exposure to asbestos in order to obtain an accurate diagnosis. Mesothelioma has no cure, and it is resistant to traditional cancer treatments like radiation and chemotherapy. After receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma, many patients only have about a year to live.
Naval Base Kodiak workers should monitor their health carefully, and consult a doctor if they experience any symptoms associated with mesothelioma. Anyone who worked at Naval Base Kodiak and is diagnosed with mesothelioma should also consider contacting a lawyer to discuss their legal rights.
Rick Nemeroff has consistently proven to his adversaries what can happen when they square off with Rick in court. Rick fights for individuals and families who have been harmed by indifferent corporations. He is a dedicated attorney, and his clients know that they will be represented by a professional who combines compassion and caring with […]Read More Information
R. Scott Marshall
Several years ago, Scott moved across the country for the opportunity to join the Nemeroff Law Firm and represent individuals and their families whose lives have been devastated by mesothelioma. It continues to be a gratifying experience each and every day, as he and other attorneys from the firm do their best to provide counsel […]Read More Information
Jennifer loves to win and loves to be on the right side of an argument – giving asbestos victims a voice provides her the opportunity to do both. She derives great satisfaction from helping clients of the Nemeroff Law Firm, and she is dedicated to translating her life-long passion for empowering victims into winning results. […]Read More Information
Carla comes from a typical, hardworking, blue-collar family. Her biggest inspiration–her parents–are in their 70’s and continue to work every day, operating a mom and pop tire store in Pittsburgh, PA. As a lawyer, she wanted to advance the rights of hard working folks just like her parents. When Carla first began working with asbestos-harmed […]Read More Information
Jeffrey A. O’Connell
Attorney Jeffrey O’Connell has devoted his entire legal career to helping people with diseases caused by toxic substances, including asbestos, and is an important part of the Nemeroff Law Firm’s national toxic tort practice. Jeff is an integral part of the litigation team that handles discovery and prepares these complex cases for trial, a role […]Read More Information
Barrett Naman Barrett Naman visit superlawyers.com> Barrett dedicates his practice to working for victims of injustice and fighting corporate entities that value profits over the health and safety of people. His belief that all victims deserve the best and most focused representation drives him to aggressively fight for his clients. Born and raised in Beaumont, […]Read More Information
D. Carl Money has spent his entire legal career fighting on behalf of workers and their families. After law school, he worked as a general counsel in the Texas Legislature where he developed and directed legislative agendas that ensured access to justice for individuals wronged by corporate corruption. For most of the past sixteen years, […]Read More Information
Prior to graduating from law school, Ryan spent four summers as a law clerk with the Nemeroff Law Firm. During that time, he gained valuable practical experience and witnessed first-hand the life changing results that the firm is capable of delivering. After graduating from college, he attended law school on a large academic scholarship. He […]Read More Information
Sidney has 25 years of legal experience working in law firms focused on personal injury and toxic tort litigation. In practice, Sidney has litigated a vast array of cases involving personal injury, asbestos related diseases, complex business litigation and employment discrimination claims. Courage and compassion best describe Sidney’s persona as she is a born fighter […]Read More Information
Ellen A. Presby
When Ellen A. Presby is faced with the life-altering ramifications of personal injury, it is vital to have knowledgeable and dedicated legal representation such as that provided by Ellen. With more than three decades of litigation experience, Presby serves as a lead attorney for personal injury, products liability and pharmaceutical cases. Attuned to her client’s […]Read More Information