The USS Fillmore (APA-83) was a Gilliam-class attack transport launched on January 4, 1945. It was commissioned on February 25, the same year under Comdr. L. E. Divoll’s command with the hull number APA-83 and it served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on January 24, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 322 people on board and had its main missions in Ulithi, San Francisco, Guam, Japan, Saipan, and Biak. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold for scrapping in 1966.
Asbestos becomes a health risk when its fibers are inhaled and accumulate in the lungs. Over time, asbestos particles contribute to cell mutations that can cause lung cancer. Navy jobs that carry a higher risk of lung cancer due to asbestos exposure include insulators, boilermakers, pipefitters, water tenders, welders, and hull maintenance technicians. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Fillmore (APA-83) promptly consult your physician for an evaluation.