The USS Hansford (APA-106) was a Bayfield-class attack transport laid down on December 10, 1943, and launched on April 25, the following year. It was commissioned on October 12, 1944, under Comdr. William A. Lynch’s command with the hull number APA-106 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 14, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 575 people on board and had its main missions in San Pedro, Hagushi, Kerama Retto, Seattle, Leyte, Japan, Yokohama, and Okinawa. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold in 1947 to Isthmian Lines where it was renamed Steel Apprentice. Twenty-six years later, the ship was finally scrapped in Kaohsiung. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Hansford received 2 battle stars. For Navy veterans who suffered exposure while in service and who developed asbestos-related diseases like lung cancer or asbestosis, compensation benefits are available through the VA. For more information, call us today. We can help you learn more about where Navy veterans could’ve been exposed and what legal compensation options they could be entitled to.