The USS Elmore (APA-42) was a Bayfield-class attack transport launched on February 29, 1943. It was commissioned on August 25, the same year under Cmdr. D. Harrison’s command with the hull number APA-42 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on March 13, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 575 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Leyte, Baltimore, Guadalcanal, the Palaus, Okinawa, Guam, Funafuti, and Manus. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold for commercial purposes in 1946. It was scrapped in 1971 in Portland, Oregon. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Elmore (APA-42) received 8 battle stars.
Long-term asbestos exposure has affected a lot of Navy veterans. It can take decades before the symptoms start to show up. The Navy became aware of the serious dangers of asbestos-exposure only in the late 1970s. If you or a family member served on board the USS Elmore (APA-42) and developed asbestos-related serious health conditions, you may be entitled to compensation and VA benefits.