The USS Granville (APA-171) was a Haskell-class attack transport launched on October 23, 1944. It was commissioned on November 21, the same year under Capt. R. A. MacKerracher’s command, with the hull number APA-171 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on May 10, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in California, Honolulu, San Francisco, Ulithi, Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and Norfolk. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on May 21, 1946. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Granville received 1 battle star and many awards.
Besides the exposure which can happen when asbestos-containing materials become friable due to the continuous cycle of deterioration, the most dangerous form of exposure to asbestos takes place during repair or maintenance work. Navy personnel who performed these operations would often need to drill and cut to shape asbestos insulation, both activities causing the release of huge amounts of asbestos fibers in the air.