The USS Hanover (APA-116) was a Bayfield-class attack transport launched on 18 August 1944. She was loaned to the Navy and simultaneously commissioned the next year on 31 March 1945, with Comdr. J. H. Henderson’s command with the hull number APA-116. She served in the US Navy for 1 year until she was decommissioned on May 11, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 478 people on board and had her main missions in Pearl Harbor, Portland, Eniwetok, Atoll, Ulithi, Okinawa, Taku, and Jinsen. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on May 23, 1946. She was sold into mercantile service in 1947 and was scrapped in 1972.
Veterans who served in the US Navy during the 1940s may have suffered from asbestos exposure. This dangerous mineral can be easily inhaled and can sit in the lungs for decades before it can lead to severe health symptoms. If you or a loved one served onboard the USS Hanover (APA-116) may be entitled to VA benefits and compensation.