USS Garrard (APA-84) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Garrard (APA-84) was a Gilliam-class attack transport laid down on October 28, 1944, and launched on January 13, the following year. It was commissioned on March 3, 1945, under Lt. Comdr. Walter Barnett’s command with the hull number APA-84 and it served in the U.S. Navy for one year until it was decommissioned on May 21, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 322 people on board and had its main missions in Ulithi, Okinawa, Guam, Japan, Portland, and Eniwetok. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold for scrapping to Zidell Exploration Company in 1963. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Garrard received 2 battle stars. At the height of U.S. asbestos use, it could be found in around 3,000 products. When disturbed or damaged, asbestos-containing materials break into microscopic sharp fibers which are then released into the air and can be inhaled into the lungs. Asbestos trust fund money can help veterans and their families pay for medical expenses such as treatments and therapies, lost income if the affected person can no longer work, travel expenses, other related expenses, such as an oxygen tank or wheelchair.

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Shipmates on USS Garrard (APA-84)

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