The USS Barnstable (APA-93) was a Bayfield-class attack transport laid down on May 6, 1943, and launched on August 5, the same year. It was commissioned on May 22, 1944, under Capt. T. M. Stokes command with the hull number APA-93 and it served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on March 24, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 478 people on board and had its main missions in Okinawa, Pearl Harbor, Manus, Lingayen, San Francisco, Ulithi, and Admiralty Islands. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold in 1948 to the Isthmian Steamship Company where it was renamed Steel Fabricator. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Barnstable received 4 battle stars. From the 1940s until the close of the 1980s exposure to asbestos was a daily reality for many shipyard workers, electrician’s mates, fire control technicians, gunner’s mates, hull maintenance technicians, machinery repairmen, pipefitters, radiomen, and other naval service members. If you suffer from a disease caused by exposure to asbestos and you are also a Navy veteran, we are here to ensure that your voice is heard.