The USS Bladen (APA-63) was a Gilliam-class attack transport laid down on March 8, 1944, and launched on May 31, the same year. It was commissioned on October 18, 1944, under Lt. Comdr. W. P. Hartung’s command with the hull number APA-63 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on December 26, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 849 people on board and had its main missions in California, Pearl Harbor, Guam, Iwo Jima, Eniwetok, Okinawa, and Saipan. It also took part in Operation Crossroad. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Bladen (APA-63) received 2 battle stars. We can inhale very easily the tiny microscopic particles of asbestos, without even realizing that we did that. Asbestos cannot be broken down by our bodies. Over time, it can cause inflammation that can lead to cellular changes that cause cancer and other diseases. Navy veterans are most affected because of long-term exposure to this dangerous mineral. If you or a family member served onboard the USS Bladen and develop severe health problems, you may be entitled to compensation.