USS Grafton (APA-109) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Grafton (APA-109) was a Bayfield-class attack transport laid down on March 3, 1944, and launched on August 10, the same year. It was commissioned on January 5, 1945, under Capt. C. D. Emory’s command with the hull number APA-109 and it served in the U.S. Navy for one year until it was decommissioned on May 16, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 575 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Guam, Sasebo, Saipan, Panama, Japan, Manila, and Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold in 1947 to American Mail Lines. In 1974, the ship was finally scrapped in Kaohsiung. Smoking, when coupled with asbestos exposure, can greatly increase the risk of an individual developing asbestos lung cancer. Smoking weakens the lungs, contributing to the negative health effects related to asbestos exposure. Navy veterans seeking treatment for asbestos-related lung cancer are met with a variety of treatment options. If you were diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition after serving in the Navy, even if it's been decades, you may still be able to access the benefits to which your service entitles you.

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Shipmates on USS Grafton (APA-109)

Edgar Albert Dirks

Edmund Henry Cokely

Herbert W. Hope Jr.

Douglas Kerr