USS Dutchess (APA-98) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Dutchess (APA-98) was a Windsor-class attack transport launched on August 26, 1944. It was commissioned on November 4, the same year under Comdr. A. B. Leggett’s command with the hull number APA-98 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on April 4, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 476 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Davisville, Pearl Harbor, Saipan, Eniwetok, Manila, and Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was sold to American Export-Isbrandtsen Lines and then to C. Y. Tung in Hong Kong where it was renamed Oriental Jade. The ship was scrapped in 1974. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Dutchess received one battle star. Navy veterans who developed asbestosis, lung cancer, and other asbestos-related conditions after exposure to asbestos during service, qualify for special financial benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, including disability compensation, special monthly compensation, and service-connected death benefits for surviving family members.

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Shipmates on USS Dutchess (APA-98)

Julie Joseph Amadio

Harry W. Bock

James William Carter

George W. Desharnais

Felice Joseph Dipiero

Joseph V. Dugoni

Tony Polozzolo

August Silva