The USS Genesee (AOG-8) was a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker launched on September 23, 1943. It was commissioned on May 27, the following year under Lt. O. R. Heath’s command with the hull number AOG-8 and it served in the US Navy for 27 years until it was struck from the Navy List on June 25, 1972. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 131 people on board and had its main missions in Aruba, Okinawa, Sasebo, Ulithi, Hollandia, Pearl Harbor, Samoa, and Guam. After the striking, the ship was sold to Chile in 1972, where it was renamed Beagle. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Genesee (AOG-8) received 1 battle star, 1 battle star for the Korean service, and another 5 campaign stars for the Vietnam activity.
Asbestos was a very popular material when the USS Genesee (AOG-8) was built because it had a lot of qualities that were fit for the Navy ships. Many Navy veterans had developed serious health problems because of the long-term exposure to this mineral. If this is your case, you may be entitled to compensation and VA benefits.