The USS Dawson (APA-79) was a Gilliam-class attack transport launched on November 27, 1944. It was commissioned on February 4, the following year under Lt. Comdr. R. S. Cass’ command with the hull number APA-79 and it served in the U.S. Navy for one year until it was decommissioned on September 20, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 322 people on board and had its main missions in Espiritu Santo, Tulagi, Noumea, Brisbane, Manus, New Guinea, Sasebo, and Japan. After the decommissioning, the ship was sunk as a target during training exercises in 1948.
If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Dawson (APA-79), together, you and your doctor will need to be vigilant in watching for the symptoms of asbestosis, lung cancer, and other asbestos-related health problems, which may mimic the symptoms of other less serious conditions. Your doctor may want to perform regular examinations to make sure you have the best chance of recognizing any problems early on when treatment is likely to work best.