USS Elkhart (APA-80) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Elkhart (APA-80) was a Gilliam-class attack transport launched on December 5, 1944. It was commissioned on February 8, the following year under Comdr. C. R. Frazier’s command with the hull number APA-80 and it served in the U.S. Navy for one year until it was decommissioned on April 12, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 322 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Eniwetok, Ulithi, Leyte, Peleliu, Okinawa, Guam, and Haiphong. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and scrapped in 1964.

When asbestos fibers enter the lungs, the fibers can contract to a number of severe conditions, for example, exposure to asbestos can lead to asbestosis, a chronic and fibrotic condition affecting the lungs. Other lung problems such as pleural plaques, thickening of the membranes surrounding the lungs, and an abnormal collection of fluid between the lungs and inside the wall of the chest have been reported. If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and suffered medical complications, you may be entitled to compensation.

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Shipmates on USS Elkhart (APA-80)