The USS Cullman (APA-78) was a Gilliam-class attack transport launched on November 17, 1944. It was commissioned on February 25, the following year under Lt. Comdr. W. B. Dell’s command with the hull number APA-78 and it served in the U.S. Navy for one year until it was decommissioned on May 22, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 322 people on board and had its main missions in San Francisco, San Diego, Eniwetok, Ulithi, Okinawa, Guam, and Hong Kong. After decommissioning, the ship was sold for scrapping in 1965.
Because of its many desirable qualities, asbestos was included in hundreds of products used in U.S. Navy ships. While most Navy personnel are focused on their immediate survival during combat situations, their long-term health is also at risk. Asbestos exposure can result in illnesses with poor prognosis. Early detection and treatment are critical for helping Navy veterans defeat mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other diseases. We are committed to supporting Navy veterans affected by service-related asbestos exposure.