The USS Banner (APA-60) was a Gilliam-class attack transport launched on May 3, 1944. It was commissioned on September 16, 1944, under Lt. Comdr. J. R. Pace’s command with the hull number APA-60 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on August 27, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 322 people on board and had its main missions in California, Pearl Harbor, Guam, Oro Bay, Okinawa, and Eniwetok. It also participated in Operation Crossroads. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sunk as a target during training exercises in 1948. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Banner (APA-60) received 2 battle stars.
At the time when the USS Banner (APA-60) was launched, the US Navy used a lot of asbestos in shipbuilding. Veterans who served onboard the USS Banner, have been exposed to this highly toxic material. If you are experiencing asbestos-related serious health problems, you may be entitled to compensation and VA benefits.