USS Elkhorn (AOG-7) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Elkhorn (AOG-7) was a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker launched on May 15, 1943. It was commissioned on February 12, the following year under Lt. T. A. Norris’ command with the hull number AOG-7 and it served in the US Navy for 28 years until it was decommissioned on July 1, 1972. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 131 people on board and had its main missions in New Orleans, Milne Bay, Leyte, Icy Cape, Da Nang, Pearl Harbor, Point Barrow, and the Far East. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 15, 1976, and sold to Taiwan in 1976, where it was renamed ROCS Hsing Lung (AOG-517). For the services brought to the country during the Korean War, the USS Elkhorn (AOG-7) received 1 battle star and another 8 campaign stars for the Vietnam activity. Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that can be very dangerous to one's health if it is inhaled or swallowed. This mineral was used on Navy ships pretty much all over because it had many qualities that were useful in shipbuilding. If you served on board the USS Elkhorn (AOG-7) and have an asbestos exposure-related diagnosis, you may be entitled to VA benefits and compensation.

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Shipmates on USS Elkhorn (AOG-7)

Gary A. Page

Regalado Castillo

Richard Couch

Bruce Lawrence Freeman

William E. Hall

Ernest Clay Mickey

Henry James Miller Jr.

Steven Michael Mondul

Earl Edward Rivers

Wilbur H. Smith

Howard Kirk Unruh Jr.

Everett S. Wallace

Judson C. Walraven

John C. Webster