Over the years, it has been our privilege to represent many men and women who have been diagnosed with asbestos related diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. These men and women, through no fault of their own, have suffered pulmonary disability and death caused by their exposure to asbestos. Every one of our clients has his or her own individual story. Everyone’s case affords all of us here at the firm the opportunity to learn about the wonderful people and their families who have had to confront the devastating injuries brought about by exposure to asbestos. One such man was Carl Hultgren of Vineland, New Jersey. His story is as fascinating as it is typical of many of the individuals we have represented.
Carl Hultgren was born and raised in New Jersey. As a young man he joined the United States Navy where he saw combat and was assigned to work as a motor machinist mate. Unfortunately, those duties required him to work around asbestos products used onboard ships. After being honorably discharged, Carl Hultgren returned to New Jersey where he married and had a son named Glen. Carl worked his entire life for several trucking companies which again caused him to have exposure to asbestos when he would make deliveries to industrial facilities. Carl retired and was living in Vineland when, at the age of 81, he was diagnosed with mesothelioma – a terminal cancer of the lining of the lung which is only caused by asbestos.
Unfortunately, Carl died within months of being diagnosed with thisterrible disease. It was then that his son discovered diary notes that his father kept during the days he served onboard ship leading up to D-Day. Those diary entries are a compelling firsthand account of a young man serving his country during war. With his son’s permission, we have attached excerpts from Carl’s war diary. Click here to read this fascinating document that we transcribed from his handwritten notes
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