The USS Knox (APA-46) was a Bayfield-class attack transport launched on July 17, 1943. It was commissioned on September 30, the same year with the hull number APA-46 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on March 14, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 575 people on board and had its main missions in the Pacific Theater. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 1, 1946, and sold to Isthmian Lines the following year where it was renamed Steel Recorder. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Knox (APA-46) received 5 battle stars.
Asbestos has been used in thousands of commercial, domestic, and industrial products. The US Navy mandated asbestos use in shipbuilding because it was affordable and resistant to heat and corrosion. Veterans are amongst the most vulnerable to develop asbestos-related diseases because of the long term exposure to this mineral. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with this terrible disease, you may be entitled to VA benefits and compensation.