The USS Bottineau (APA-235) was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on October 11, 1944, and launched on November 22, the same year. It was commissioned on December 30, 1944, under Capt. H. B. Edgar’s command, with the hull number APA-235 and it served in the US Navy for 11 years until it was decommissioned on August 31, 1955. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Saipan, Wakayama, Seattle, San Francisco, Bikini Atoll, and Norfolk. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on July 1, 1961. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Bottineau received 1 battle star.
There are some branches of the military, like the Navy, that suffered more exposure to asbestos than others, which is why all veterans should understand how they may have come into contact with asbestos during active duty. Hundreds of materials that went into Navy ships contained asbestos, and the heaviest use of it occurred between the 1930s and the 1970s.