The USS Cambria (APA-36) was a Bayfield-class attack transport laid down on July 1, 1942, and launched on November 10, the same year. It was commissioned on November 10, 1943, under Capt. Charles W. Dean’s command with the hull number APA-36 and served in the US Navy for 6 years until it was decommissioned on June 30, 1949. 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, Okinawa, Tulagi, Oro Bay, and Manus. The USS Cambria (APA-36) was just one of many Navy ships built at a time when the use of asbestos was abundant and acceptable. The mineral was used almost everywhere, starting from engine rooms to dining halls and sleeping quarters. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 1, 1971, and sold for scrap in 1971. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Cambria (APA-36) received 6 battle stars. A lot of US Navy veterans developed severe health problems like asbestosis, different types of cancer, due to long-term asbestos exposure. If this is your case, you may be entitled to VA benefits and compensation.