marine veterans asbestos exposure

U.S. Marine Veterans Asbestos Exposure & Mesothelioma

Because many U.S. Marine Corps operations involved Navy ships, medical experts consider the risk of Marine veterans asbestos exposure is extremely high. During shipbuilding, contractors constructed Navy fleet vessels with millions of tons of asbestos in total. The majority of the ships hit water during and immediately after World War II, from 1945-1950.

However, the U.S. Navy continued to build ships at an incredible rate with increasing amounts of asbestos materials. The causes of mesothelioma in the Marines ranges from insulation to fireproofing to gaskets and even certain uniforms could contain high amounts of asbestos aboard Naval ships. Marines likely exposed themselves to asbestos while conducting operations aboard these ships.

U.S. Marine Veterans Asbestos Exposure & Mesothelioma Risk


Additionally, the U.S. Marine Corps constructed and maintained bases with significant amounts of asbestos materials. Asbestos cement, ceiling tiles, structural fireproofing, electrical insulation, batts insulation and other materials all likely contained asbestos. Therefore, U.S. Marines veterans who suffered from asbestos exposure risks potentially were both on sea and land.

Since many Marines equipment, vehicles, facilities and operational vessels still have a chance of containing asbestos, Marines currently serving also face an asbestos exposure risk.

These exposures lead to a high risk of developing serious asbestos-related conditions.

Consequences of Marine Veterans Asbestos Exposure


Medical professionals classify asbestos as a known carcinogen. Any level of exposure can lead to the development of aggressive cancers, including lung cancer and mesothelioma.

These conditions often have a prolonged latency period. A “latency period” refers to the delay between exposure and symptoms related to asbestos cancers. Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers can have latency periods of 15 to 40 years or more. Therefore, anyone who has served as in the Marines in the past 40 years and has since developed cancer of the mesothelium or other organs may be able to attribute their condition to asbestos exposure.

Marines Asbestos-Related Diseases


  • Mesothelioma
  • Lung cancer
  • Asbestosis
  • Bronchial adenoma
  • Laryngeal cancer
  • Gastrointestinal cancer
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pleural plaques
  • Cancer of the pharynx
  • Urogenital cancers (except prostate)

Secondary Risks Families Face with U.S. Marine Veterans Asbestos Exposure


Marine Corps veterans returning from operations may still have contaminating asbestos fibers on their uniforms and belongings. These items can cause secondary asbestos exposure to family members of Marine veterans. Victims of secondary exposure can often face the same health risks as primary exposure victims, including lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Marines Occupations and Assignments with High Risk of Asbestos Exposure


  • Basic Infantryman
  • Rifleman
  • Mortar Man
  • Machine Gunner
  • Antitank Assaultman
  • Field Artillery Operations
  • Well Driller
  • Electrician
  • Electrical Equipment Repairman
  • Refrigeration Mechanic
  • Utilities Chief
  • Basic Construction, Equipment and Shore Party
  • Metal Worker
  • Engineer Equipment Mechanic
  • Engineer Equipment Operator
  • Basic Printing and Reproduction Man
  • Tank Crewman
  • Armored Amphibian Crewman
  • Amphibian Tractor Crewman
  • Tank Chief
  • Tracked Vehicle Crew
  • Turret Repairman
  • Disposal Man
  • Cable Systems Technician
  • Microwave Equipment Repairman
  • Freight Operations Man
  • Motor Vehicle Operator
  • Aircraft Mechanic
  • Helicopter Mechanic
  • Fireman

Marine Corps Building and Mechanical Materials Likely to Have Utilized Asbestos


    Artillery, machine gun and heavy equipment heat shielding

  • Asbestos cement
  • Heavy equipment, aircraft, vessel and motor vehicle components
  • Clutch assemblies
  • Gaskets
  • Valves
  • Firewalls
  • Brake pads, shoes and linings
    Batts insulation

  • Repair epoxy, cement and spackling
  • Soundproofing material
  • Spray on insulation or flame retardant material

Marine Bases and Naval Vessels with a High Likelihood of Asbestos Exposure

  • Marine Corps Air Station Yuma
  • Marine Corps Air Station El Toro

Asbestos Claims and Compensation for Marines Mesothelioma and Asbestos Cancer Victims


U.S. Marines are entitled to compensation for losses related to their asbestos exposure related health condition. Medical bills, mental distress, lost wages, and other losses and damages are all potentially claimable expenses from liable parties. Liable parties may include equipment manufacturers, vehicle manufacturers, construction contractors and more.

Those seeking compensation must first obtain documentation of their condition and provide proof that their exposure occurred during military service. An experienced asbestos attorney familiar with the complex litigation process can prove indispensable in providing such documentation. They may also be able to assist with VA benefits claims related to asbestos exposure.

If you or a close family member are U.S. Marine Corps veterans and since your service have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or an asbestos-related lung cancer, contact Mesowatch immediately. You will receive prompt assistance as well as a free, confidential case evaluation.