The USS Barrow (APA-61) was a Gilliam-class attack transport laid down on January 28, 1944, and launched on May 11, the same year. It was commissioned on September 28, 1944, under Lt. Comdr. Herman Jorgensen’s command with the hull number APA-61 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on August 28, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 320 people on board and had its main missions in California, Pearl Harbor, Guam, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and Saipan. It participated both in Operation Magic Carpet and in Crossroads. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 28, 1948, and sunk as a target during training exercises. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Barrow (APA-61) received 2 battle stars. Asbestos was a popular material used in shipbuilding. There were 300 different products made with asbestos used on the US Navy ships. Unfortunately, it caused a lot of unwanted health problems for the veterans who served onboard the USS Barrow (APA-61). If you are experiencing difficulty breathing or have any asbestos-related health conditions, you are entitled to VA benefits.