The USS Carteret (APA-70) was a Gilliam-class attack transport launched on August 15, 1944. It was commissioned on December 3, the same year under Lt. Comdr. J. L. Hunter’s command with the hull number APA-70 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on August 6, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 322 people on board and had its main missions in San Francisco, Ulithi, Japan, Tulagi, Seattle, and Bikini Atoll. It also participated in Operation Crossroads. After the decommissioning, the ship was sunk as a target during training exercises in 1948. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Carteret (APA-70) received two battle stars.
Long-lasting asbestos exposure can lead to serious health conditions such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Because asbestos resists corrosion and high temperatures made it an ideal material to use in the shipbuilding industry. Navy veterans who are experiencing asbestos-related severe health problems are entitled to VA benefits and compensation.