Asbestos Exposure in Military Service

Veterans from all branches of the military have been exposed to carcinogens which are known to contribute to lung cancer after exposure to asbestos.

If you are a military veteran and have been diagnosed with lung cancer, call us at 1-800-998-9729 or contact us for more information regarding potential compensation.


Military Personnel

Personnel most commonly exposed include:

  • Boilermen
  • Enginemen
  • Firemen
  • Machinist Mates
  • Shipfitters
  • Pipefitters
  • Electricians’ Mates
  • Gunners/Seamen
  • Aircraft Mechanics
  • Helicopter Mechanics
  • Motor Pool Workers
  • Heavy Equipment Maintenance Workers
  • Military Base Maintenance Workers
  • Seabees (military construction)


  • Merchant Marines
  • Civilian Shipyard Workers
  • Housewives (exposed to asbestos dust on husband's laundry)


During the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s, large quantities of asbestos were employed in shipyards in the construction of new ships and in the refurbishment and decommissioning of ships. Thousands of shipyard workers breathed the fine asbestos fibers. Because it could withstand high temperatures and corrosion, asbestos was an ideal material for insulating the vessels' heat-producing components in warships.

U. S. Government (Naval) Shipyards where ships were built and/or overhauled include:

  • Boston Naval Shipyard, Charlestown, MA
  • Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, SC
  • Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, CA
  • Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Long Beach, CA
  • Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA
  • New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, NY
  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA
  • Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME
  • Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA

Private Sector Shipyards where Navy ships, Liberty ships, and Victory ships were also built include:

  • Alabama Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Company, Mobile, AL
  • American Bridge Company, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Associated Shipbuilders, Inc., Seattle, WA
  • Bath Iron Works Corporation, Bath, ME
  • Bethlehem Steel Company, Hingham, MA
  • Bethlehem Steel Company, Quincy, MA
  • Bethlehem Steel Company, San Francisco, CA
  • Bethlehem Steel Company, San Pedro, CA
  • Bethlehem Steel Company, Staten Island, NY
  • Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards, Inc., Baltimore, MD
  • Brown Shipbuilding Company, Houston, TX
  • California Shipbuilding Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
  • Chicago Bridge & Iron Company, Seneca, IL
  • Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, TX
  • Cramp Shipbuilding Company, Philadelphia, PA
  • Defoe Shipbuilding Company, Bay City, MI
  • Delta Shipbuilding Company, New Orleans, LA
  • Dravo Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Dravo Corporation, Wilmington, DE
  • Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT
  • Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Kearny, NJ
  • Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Port Newark, NJ
  • Gulf Shipbuilding Corporation, Chickasaw, AL
  • J. A. Jones Construction Company, Brunswick, GA
  • J. A. Jones Construction Company, Panama City, FL
  • Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Company, Jeffersonville, IN
  • Kaiser Company, Richmond, CA
  • Kaiser Company, Vancouver, WA
  • Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, WA
  • Manitowoc Shipbuilding Corporation, Manitowoc, WI
  • Marinship Corporation, Sausalito, CA
  • Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Company, Evansville, IN
  • Moore Dry Dock Company, Oakland, CA
  • New England Shipbuilding Company, South Portland, ME
  • New York Shipbuilding Company, Camden, NJ
  • Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Newport News, VA
  • North Carolina Shipbuilding Company, Wilmington, NC
  • Oregon Shipbuilding Company, Portland, OR
  • Permanente Metals Corporation, #1 Yard, Richmond, CA
  • Permanente Metals Corporation, #2 Yard, Richmond, CA
  • Southeastern Shipbuilding Corporation, Savannah, GA
  • St. John’s River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, FL
  • Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Chester, PA
  • Tampa Shipbuilding Company, Inc., Tampa, FL
  • Todd Houston Shipbuilding Corporation, Houston, TX
  • Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc., Seattle, WA
  • Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc., Tacoma, WA
  • Todd Shipyards, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
  • Western Pipe & Steel Company of California, San Pedro, CA
  • Willamette Iron & Steel Corporation, Portland, OR
  • Walsh-Kaiser Company, Inc., Providence, RI

Veterans Lung Cancer Compensation

Were you in the military? Do you have lung cancer? You may be eligible for compensation.

Many veterans with lung cancer are eligible for compensation. This compensation is in addition to any VA benefits or medical coverage you may have. Even though you may have been a smoker, because of exposure to asbestos during military service, you may be entitled to additional compensation from asbestos-related companies.

Please call us at 1-800-998-9729.