The USS Klaskanine (AOG-63) was a Mettawee-class gasoline tanker laid down on April 24, 1944, and launched on February 3, the following year. It was commissioned on March 8, 1945, under Lt. Robert O. Kostelak’s command with the hull number AOG-63 and it served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on March 25, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 58 people on board. After the decommissioning, the USS Klaskanine (AOG-63) was struck from the Navy List on April 12, 1946, and sold to Brazil where it was renamed Raza (G-19).
The US government started to be aware of the dangers of asbestos only in the 1970s’. It is a huge task to remove this fibrous mineral from the ships and replace it with asbestos-free materials. Many veterans, who served in the Navy, developed serious health problems decades after their exposure to asbestos. If you served on board the USS Klaskanine (AOG-63) and have asbestos-related symptoms like shortness of breath, pain, wheezing, dry and persistent cough, you may be entitled to compensation and VA benefits.