The USS Conemaugh (AOG-62) was a Mettawee-class gasoline tanker launched on February 17, 1945. It was commissioned on March 21, the same year under Lt. Richard A. Uruquart’s command with the hull number AOG-62 and it served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on December 20, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 58 people on board. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 17, 1946, and sold for scrapping to National Metal & Steel Corporation in 1951.
In the 1940s the US Navy used a lot of asbestos in their shipbuilding because it was affordable and had a lot of qualities that made it a good fit for warships. Unfortunately, the sailors who served on board these ships were not aware of the dangers of this mineral. Many veterans developed serious health problems only decades after their service. If you have asbestos-related symptoms, please contact your doctor and tell them about your history of exposure. If properly diagnosed, you may be entitled to compensation from trust funds and VA benefits.