The USS Gilliam (APA-57) was a Gilliam-class attack transport launched on March 28, 1944. It was commissioned on August 1, the same year under Comdr. H. B. Olsen’s command with the hull number APA-57 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on July 5, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 322 people on board and had its main missions in California, Pearl Harbor, Ulithi, Saipan, Okinawa, and Eniwetok. It participated both in Operation Crossroads and Magic Carpet. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 20, 1946, and sunk as a target during training exercises in 1946. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Gilliam (APA-57) received 2 battle stars.
Asbestos exposure related diseases can take a serious tow financially and emotionally on veterans and their loved ones. If you served on board the USS Gilliam (APA-57), most likely you were exposed to asbestos. Respiratory symptoms may not occur until several years later. You may be entitled to VA benefits and compensation.