The USS Callaway (APA-35) was a Bayfield-class attack transport laid down on June 10, 1942, and launched on October 10, the same year. It was commissioned on April 24, 1943, under Capt. D. C. McNeil’s command with the hull number APA-35 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on May 10, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 575 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Leyte, Pearl Harbor, San Francisco, Ulithi, Lingayen, Guam, and Manus. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold in 1949 to American President Lines, where it was renamed as President Harrison. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Callaway (APA-35) received 6 battle stars.
Long-term exposure to asbestos caused serious health problems to many Navy veterans. When the USS Callaway was built, the US Navy was not aware of how dangerous this mineral can be to our health. Asbestos was used all over on the ships. If you served on board the USS Callaway (APA-35) and developed asbestos-related conditions, you may be entitled to compensation and VA benefits.