USS Effingham (APA-165) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Effingham (APA-165) was a Haskell-class attack transport launched on September 29, 1944. It was commissioned on November 1, the same year under Comdr. C. H. McLaughlin’s command, with the hull number APA-165 and it served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on May 17, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in San Francisco, Guadalcanal, Ulithi, Okinawa, Jinsen, Taku, Hong Kong, Chinwangtao, and Tsingtao. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Effingham received 1 battle star. Navy veterans interested in filing a VA claim for benefits related to asbestos exposure, will need medical records with proof of illness, military service records that list their job or specialty, and the doctor’s statement linking military service with the asbestos-related condition. Additionally, they may also seek compensation by taking legal action against the companies responsible for the production of asbestos-contaminated material used during their service.

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Shipmates on USS Effingham (APA-165)

Edward Keith Walker

Daniel A. Zarnik

Joseph W. Benziger

Maurice J. Korengold