The USS Kishwaukee (AOG-9) was a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker laid down on September 22, 1942, and launched on July 24, the following year. It was commissioned on May 27, 1944, under Lt. Francis M. Hillman’s command with the hull number AOG-9 and it served in the US Navy for 18 years until it was decommissioned on January 15, 1970. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 131 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Okinawa, Sasebo, Ryukyus, Palaus, Pearl Harbor, San Pedro, and Guam. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1974, and sold for commercial purposes in 1978. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Kishwaukee (AOG-9) received 2 battle stars and another 7 campaign stars for the Vietnam activity. Because asbestos is a material that resists corrosion and has good insulating properties, it was used on Navy ships pretty much everywhere. When the USS Kishwaukee (AOG-9) was launched, the US Navy was not aware of how dangerous can asbestos be to our health. If you developed asbestos-related health problems, you may be entitled to compensation and VA benefits.