The USS James O’Hara (APA-90) was a Frederick Funston-class attack transport laid down on June 16, 1941, and launched on December 30, the same year. It was commissioned on April 26, 1943, under Comdr. Charles Allen’s command with the hull number APA-90 and it served in the US Navy for 17 years until it was decommissioned on January 14, 1960. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 519 people on board and had its main missions in Sicily, Pearl Harbor, Ulithi, Saipan, New Caledonia, and Eniwetok. It also participated in Operation Magic Carpet. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1961, and scrapped in 1968. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS James O’Hara (APA-90) received 7 battle stars and another 2 battle stars for the Korean War.
To recover the costs of asbestos-related diagnoses, Navy veterans can apply for VA benefits and file claims with asbestos trust funds for compensation. Asbestos is heat resistant and anti-corrosive, that is why it was used in shipbuilding back in the 1940s. All veterans who served onboard the USS James O’Hara (APA-90) may have been exposed to this dangerous material.