The USS Custer (AP-85/APA-40) was a Bayfield-class attack transport launched on November 6, 1942. It was commissioned on July 18, the following year under Capt. R. E. Hansen’s command with the hull number APA-40 and it served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on May 24, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 575 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Leyte, Pearl Harbor, San Francisco, Okinawa, Guam, New Guinea, and Manus. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold for commercial purposes in 1948. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Custer (AP-85/APA-40) received 6 battle stars.
Long-term asbestos exposure can be very dangerous to health. Navy veterans are amongst the ones who are most likely to develop asbestos-related diseases. The US Navy used this mineral on their ships almost everywhere, because it was affordable, it is a good insulator, and was heat-, and corrosion-resistant. If you served on board the USS Custer (AP-85/APA-40) you may be entitled to compensation and VA benefits.