The USS Catron (APA-71) was a Gilliam-class attack transport launched on August 28, 1944. It was commissioned on November 28, the same year under Lt. Comdr. D. MacInnes’ command with the hull number APA-71 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 Francisco, Ulithi, Japan, Guam, the Solomons, and Florida Islands. 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 Catron (APA-71) received one battle star.
Asbestos was an ideal material to use in the shipbuilding industry until it was discovered how dangerous it can be for our health. Many Navy veterans have serious health problems because of long-term exposure to asbestos. If you or a loved one who served onboard the USS Catron (APA-71) is experiencing asbestos exposure-related symptoms like difficulty breathing, chest pain, you may be entitled to compensation.