The USS Agawam (AOG-6) was a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker laid down on September 7, 1942, and launched on May 6, the following year. It was commissioned on December 18, 1943, under Lt. John W. Foster’s command with the hull number AOG-6 and it served in the US Navy for 14 years until it was decommissioned on January 31, 1957. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 131 people on board and had its main missions in New Orleans, Galveston, Lingayen, Espiritu Santo, Manila, Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, and Saipan. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1960, and sold to Levin Metals in 1975, where it was subsequently scrapped.
Breathing in asbestos fibers can cause serious diseases that occur 20-30 years later. The longer the asbestos-exposure period, the greater is the risk of getting sick. Unfortunately, Navy veterans have the highest percentage of being diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases. If this is your case, and you served on board the USS Agawam (AOG-6), you may be entitled to compensation and VA benefits.