The USS Fremont (APA-44) was a Bayfield-class attack transport launched on March 31, 1943. It was commissioned on November 29, the same year under Capt. C. V. Conlan’s command with the hull number APA-44 and it served in the US Navy for 26 years until it was decommissioned on September 3, 1969. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 575 people on board and had its main missions in Saipan, Leyte, Peleliu, Norfolk, California, New Caledonia, Luzon, Guam, Hollandia, and Manus. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 1, 1973, and scrapped in 1974. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Fremont (APA-44) received 5 battle stars.
Long-term asbestos exposure can be very dangerous to our health. The US Navy used this toxic mineral because of its affordability, tensile strength and resistance to heat, and chemical damage. Exposure to asbestos aboard naval vessels caused many veterans to later develop serious asbestos-related conditions. If this is your case, you may be entitled to compensation and VA benefits.