The USS Colusa (APA-74) was a Gilliam-class attack transport launched on October 7, 1944. It was commissioned on December 20, the same year under Lt. Comdr. H. W. Neill’s command with the hull number APA-74 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on May 16, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 322 people on board and had its main missions in San Francisco, San Pedro, Eniwetok, Tinian, Guam, Saipan, and Pearl Harbor. After the decommissioning, the ship was delivered to the Maritime Commission in 1947.
The tiny asbestos fibers, when inhaled, can be very dangerous for our health. Unfortunately asbestos was a very popular material used in shipbuilding in the 1940s. A lot of Navy veterans developed severe health conditions due to long term exposure to it. If you served on board the USS Colusa (APA-74), you may be eligible for VA benefits and compensation to cover diagnosis-related costs.