The USS Crittenden (APA-77) was a Gilliam-class attack transport launched on November 6, 1944. It was commissioned on January 17, the following year under Comdr. P. C. Crosley’s command with the hull number APA-77 and it served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on August 28, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 322 people on board and had its main missions in San Francisco, San Diego, Manila, Leyte, Okinawa, Samar, and Wakayama. After the decommissioning, the ship was sunk as a target during training exercises in 1947.
In addition to applying for VA benefits, many Navy veterans have turned to asbestos claims to cover the costs related to their diagnosis. All veterans who served during World War II may have been developing severe health problems from long term exposure to asbestos. This toxic material may have affected the veterans who served onboard the USS Crittenden (APA-77).