Message For Naval
James F Murphy
1st May; 2000
I read your web page with great interest
and was saddened your husband expired from an asbestos disease and I thought
you would be interested in reading my asbestos message.
It is my goal to inform as many former naval veterans about
asbestos and asbestos related diseases. Since I have been on the internet:
October 31st 1999, I have received (233) messages regarding asbestos and you
would be surprised how many veterans are not aware of health hazards associated
with asbestos exposure.
James F. Murphy
"Former navy men who worked
in engineering and hull groups"
I hope you have no objections on the e-mail I am sending you to
read on asbestos exposure during your tour of duty with the United
When you were on board ship during shipyard overhaul, repair or
daily routine at sea and in port you may have been exposed to asbestos
and not even have known about it.
Because asbestos fibres are so small and light, asbestos fibre masses
have a tendency to break easily into tiny dust particles; that can float
in the air for many hours after they are released, stick to your clothing,
be inhaled or swallowed and this increases the chances that you had inhaled
Also, it has only been recently that former navy men have been seeking
medical attention for asbestos exposure as the latency period from being
exposed to asbestos varies from 10 to 45 years or more, between first exposure
and the development of an asbestos related disease.
The reasons for this message is that the Department of the Navy and Veterans
Affairs (VA) have no intentions of notifying former naval veterans regarding the
health hazards of asbestos exposure.
This writer was advised by the Department of the Navy: informing me it is your
responsibility to have yearly physical examinations and be tested for possible
asbestos related diseases.
Department of The Navy Letter dated May 13th 1998.
In the event, you believe you were exposed to asbestos, make sure you have a
complete chest examination and if required, a pulmonary function test for possible
early detection of asbestos related diseases, "Benign Pleural diseases", "Asbestosis"
Also, former Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt recently expired from the asbestos
on Sunday, January 3rd 2000.
By James Murphy
If you served in the U.S. Navy from the 1940's to the 1970's and
you were stationed on shore or afloat commands, any rank or ratings,
especially in the engineering and hull groups, such as machinist's
mate (mm), machinery repairman (mr) or boilerman (bt), you may have
been exposed to asbestos and have asbestos related diseases and do
not even know you have these diseases.
Also, if you are a veteran
of any U.S. Military branch or civilian employee who is concerned
regarding past asbestos exposure while stationed on U.S. Military
bases or did any type of work on U.S. Naval ships in shipyards,
please make an appointment with your doctor for a physical
examination and be tested (chest x-ray) for possible asbestosis.
The Department of Navy and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
are not going to advise you to have a physical examination and chest
x-ray for asbestosis and asbestos-related diseases.
means scarring of the lungs. This is slow developing that may not be
obvious for years. A person with asbestosis will gradually have more
trouble breathing, because scar tissues in the lungs makes it harder
to expand the lungs and for oxygen to get into the blood-stream.
This lack of oxygen can produce a strain on the heart and causes
other medical problems.
The Department of Navy and Department of
Veteran Affairs (VA) did not advise U.S. Naval personnel and
shipyard civilian employees from the 1940s to the 1970s of the
health hazards associated with asbestos exposure and to be tested
(chest x-ray) for possible asbestosis.
Furthermore, there must be
thousands of veterans from all branches of the military services and
civilian employees still walking around, who were exposed to
asbestos and do not even know they may have asbestos-related
diseases, asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma, etc.
God only know
how many died from asbestos exposure diseases without even knowing
they had same. The Department of Navy and Veterans (VA) still are
not addressing the problem and have no plans to inform anyone of the
health hazards associated with asbestos exposure.
This writer was exposed to asbestos (and was not aware of the
health hazards of asbestos) while serving aboard an U.S. Naval ship
from November 1, 1955 to August 6, 1959.
During those years, I
was never advised nor were any of my shipmates by the Department of
Navy the health hazards of asbestos exposure, and was never given a
physical examination or chest x-ray for possible asbestosis while on
active duty and when being processed (discharged from, the Navy
August 6, 1959).
I first became aware of asbestos exposure and
asbestos related diseases when reading a news article in the
Philadelphia Inquirer October 1995. I had my chest x-rayed November
27, 1995 and on December 6, 1995 was diagnosed with (pleural
thickening) diaphragmatic calcifications consistent with asbestos
The reasons for this asbestos alert (on the Internet) is to alert
and inform naval veterans and civilian employees who were exposed to
asbestos on shore or afloat commands to have a physical examination
and chest x-ray for possible asbestosis.
In summary, for the past
several years I have been trying to convince the Secretary of Navy,
Mr. John Dalton...Department of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and
Surgery Captain D. H. Trump...Department of Veterans Mr. J. Derrick
(PA)...Congressman Curt Weldon (PA) and Senator Arlen Spector
(PA)...to do their job and "at least do something", place
advertisements in the newspapers to notify former service members
and civilian employees who may have been exposed to asbestos to have
a physical examination and chest x-ray for possible asbestosis or
As of this writing I am still waiting
for any response from these gentlemen. Note: With all due respect
Congressman Curt Weldon (PA) did forward my letter to Department of
Navy Secretary John Dalton who in turn forwarded same to Captain D.
H. Trump and Senator Arlen Spector (PA) is still in the process of
writing a letter since September 1998, to Secretary of Navy John
Dalton for an estimated number of people affected and cost to notify
Some of asbestos-related diseases are as
cancers may sometimes be related to asbestos
Symptoms of lung
problems caused by asbestos exposure:
Shortness of breath that
may increase over time.
Coughing up blood
Former Navy Veteran
Attention U. S. Naval Veterans
I first became aware of asbestos related
diseases when reading a news article regarding asbestos in the Philadelphia
Inquirer October 1995.I had my chest xrayed November 27th 1995 and on the 6th
December 1995 I was diagnosed with Benign Pleural Thickening (diaphragmatic
calcifications consistent with asbestos exposure.
Regarding symptoms of asbestos diseases. I really do not have any except
that I was always susceptible to respiratory chest colds and infections.
About 1988 I received a pneumonia vaccine shot for same and I am due to have a
booster shot this year.
Also for years, I believed I had respiratory allergies
and frequently received allergy shots for same; until I read about asbestos in the
Philadelphia Inquirer and had my chest xrayed for any asbestos related disease.
Every year I have a complete physical examination and every two years a chest xray.
It was because of the one in 1995 that I was diagnosed.
I am still very athletic, do not smoke, do not drink (except for a small glass
of wine before I retire for the evening, lift weights and work out on my treadmill every day.
JAMES F. MURPHY