The USS Fayette (APA-43) was a Bayfield-class attack transport launched on February 25, 1943. It was commissioned on October 14, the same year under Cmdr. J. C. Lester’s command with the hull number APA-43 and it served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on March 6, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 575 people on board and had its main missions in Saipan, Leyte, Peleliu, Norfolk, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Kwajalein, Guam, Funafuti, and Manus. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold for commercial purposes in 1947. It was scrapped in 1971 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Fayette (APA-43) received 6 battle stars.
Many Navy veterans developed mesothelioma or other severe health conditions due to long-term exposure to asbestos. The US Navy used this mineral on its ships because it was affordable and had many qualities that fitted their needs. If you or a loved one served onboard the USS Fayette (APA-43) and have asbestos-related health conditions, you may be entitled to compensation and VA benefits.