The USS Chestatee (AOG-49) was a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker launched on April 29, 1944. It was commissioned on December 14, the same year under Lt. W. N. Ohly’s command with the hull number AOG-49 and it served in the US Navy for 6 years until it was decommissioned on November 8, 1956. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 131 people on board and its main missions in Baytown, Leyte, San Pedro, Brunei, Balabac Island, San Francisco, Puerto Princesa, and Samar. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 1, 1963, and sold to the Levin Metals Corporation in 1975.
Asbestos can cause a variety of health problems to those who have been exposed to it. This mineral was used on nearly every part of the Navy ships because it was affordable and had superior qualities like resistance to heat and chemical damage, sound absorption, incombustibility, and tensile strength. If you served on board the USS Chestatee (AOG-49) and developed asbestos-related health problems, you may be entitled to VA benefits and compensation.