The USS Bolivar (APA-34) was a Bayfield-class attack transport laid down on May 13, 1942, and launched on September 7, the same year. It was commissioned on March 15, 1943, under Capt. Joseph A. Gainard’s command with the hull number APA-34 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on April 29, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 769 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Leyte, Pearl Harbor, San Francisco, Noumea, Lingayen, Guam, and Manus. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 19, 1946, and sold initially to American President Lines. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Bolivar received 5 battle stars. In the early 20th century, the U.S. military used large quantities of asbestos products due to their low cost, durability, heat resistance, and fireproof capabilities, until the mid-1970s, when the knowledge of asbestos’ danger became widespread. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Bolivar (APA-34), make sure to see a doctor for a thorough examination. If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related health condition, you have the right to claim financial compensation.