The USS Appling (APA-58) was a Gilliam-class attack transport launched on April 9, 1944. It was commissioned on August 22, the following year under Lt. Comdr. Alexander Lunde Stuart’s command with the hull number APA-58 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on December 20, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 849 people on board and had its main missions in California, Pearl Harbor, Guam, Nagasaki, Okinawa, and Eniwetok. It also participated in Operation Crossroads. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 4, 1947, and sold for scrapping in 1972. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Appling (APA-58) received 2 battle stars.
Asbestos is a very toxic material and it was widely used in shipbuilding when the USS Appling (APA-58) was launched. All veterans who served onboard the ship were exposed. If you are suffering from asbestos-related serious health problems, like mesothelioma, asbestosis, difficulty breathing, cancer, you may be entitled to compensation and VA benefits.