The USS Audrain (APA-59) was a Gilliam-class attack transport laid down on December 1, 1943, and launched on April 21, the following year. It was commissioned on September 2, 1944, under Lt. Comdr. George O. Forrest’s command with the hull number APA-59 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on May 15, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 322 people on board and had its main missions in California, Pearl Harbor, Guam, Nagasaki, Okinawa, and Eniwetok. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1947, and sold for scrapping to the National Metal & Steel Corporation from California in 1972. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Audrain (APA-59) received 1 battle star.
Many Navy veterans have turned to asbestos claims as a means to recover the costs associated with their health care. In addition, they can apply for VA benefits. All veterans who served onboard the USS Audrain (APA-59) may be suffering due to long-term exposure to asbestos. This material has tiny fibers that can float in the air and can be easily inhaled.