The USS Cleburne (APA-73) was a Gilliam-class attack transport launched on September 27, 1944. It was commissioned on December 22, the same year under Lt. Comdr. F. T. Callaghan’s command with the hull number APA-73 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 7, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 322 people on board and had its main missions in San Francisco, Ulithi, Eniwetok, Tsingtao, Guam, Jinsen, and Pearl Harbor. After the decommissioning, the ship was delivered to the Maritime Commission in 1947 and scrapped in 1965.
Because of its affordability and heat resistant properties, asbestos was a popular commodity in shipbuilding. Navy veterans who served in the 1940s may have developed severe health conditions from long term exposure to asbestos. If you or a family member served onboard the USS Cleburne (APA-73) and have asbestos-related health symptoms, you may be eligible for compensation and VA benefits.