USS Drew (APA-162) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Drew (APA-162) was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on June 30, 1944, and launched on September 14, the same year. It was commissioned on October 22, 1944, under Comdr. D. H. Swinson’s command, with the hull number APA-162 and it served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on May 10, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in Seattle, San Francisco, San Pedro, Kerama Retto, Manus, Leyte, Okinawa, and Ulithi. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and returned to the Maritime Commission in May 1946. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Drew received 1 battle star.

Veterans who have asbestosis, a lung disease caused by heavy asbestos exposure, may develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as a complication. If you have been diagnosed with COPD before you served in the military, and your condition worsened during your military service, you can be eligible for service-connected disability compensation.

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Shipmates on USS Drew (APA-162)

Walter J. Bisard

Frank K. Collins

John Robert Conlin

John Albert Kurtz

Robert F. Rottgers

Charles R. Stone

Isaac James Vanover

George Kenneth Watson