USS Butte (APA-68) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

USS Butte (APA-68)

The USS Butte (APA-68) was a Gilliam-class attack transport launched on July 20, 1944. It was commissioned on November 21, the same year under Comdr. J. A. Gillis’ command with the hull number APA-68 and it served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was disposed of by sinking on May 12, 1948. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 283 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Pearl Harbor, San Francisco, Ulithi, Okinawa, Eniwetok, and Manila. After the decommissioning, the ship was used for bombing tests during Operation Crossroads, but it survived, so it was used for radiation study. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Butte (APA-68) received one battle star. Asbestos has a natural resistance to heat, chemicals, and electricity. These characteristics made it popular in multiple uses in the shipbuilding industry: insulation, fireproofing materials, protective gear, and many others. Navy veterans who served onboard the USS Butte (APA-68) may have developed severe health problems due to the long term exposure to asbestos. If this is your case, you are eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds and VA claims.

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Shipmates on USS Butte (APA-68)