USS Gosper (APA-170) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Gosper (APA-170) was a Haskell-class attack transport launched on October 20, 1944. It was commissioned on November 18, the same year under Comdr. F. W. McCann’s command, with the hull number APA-170 and it served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on April 10, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in California, San Diego, San Francisco, Ulithi, Pearl Harbor, Kerama Retto, Okinawa, and Guam. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register in 1946. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Gosper received 1 battle star.

Asbestos lagging has been used for thermal insulation of pipes, pumps, boilers, and turbines. It was used in almost every ship built by the U.S. Navy for over 40 years. Former service members who worked on Navy ships or worked in shipyards and are now coping with an asbestos lung cancer diagnosis can access financial compensation and VA benefits.

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Shipmates on USS Gosper (APA-170)

Reubin Sumner Blossom

Glen A. Geisert

Armand Joseph Jolly

Emery Canady Smoak

Clyde Herbert Wurster