The USS Briscoe (APA-65) was a Gilliam-class attack transport laid down on March 29, 1944, and launched on June 19, the same year. It was commissioned on October 29, 1944, under Capt. August J. Detzer’s command with the hull number APA-65 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on August 29, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 322 people on board and had its main missions in San Pedro, Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, the Marianas, the Marshalls, Tokyo, and Bikini Atoll. It also took part both in Operation Crossroad and Magic Carpet. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 13, 1948, and sunk as a target during training exercises.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. The US Navy mandated the use of this material in shipbuilding for its heat resistant and insulating properties. Unfortunately, many Navy veterans have developed severe health conditions due to long-term asbestos exposure. If you or a loved one served onboard the USS Briscoe (APA-65) and have an asbestos-related disease, you may be entitled to trust fund compensation and VA benefits.