The USS Lamar (APA-47) was a Bayfield-class attack transport laid down on March 31, 1943, and launched on August 28, the same year. It was commissioned on April 6, 1944, under Capt. Bruce K. Culver’s command with the hull number APA-47 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on March 7, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 581 people on board and had its main missions in Okinawa, Pearl Harbor, Manus, Lingayen, San Francisco, Ulithi, and Luzon. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 1, 1946, and sold the same year. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Lamar (APA-47) received 5 battle stars.
Until the mid-1970s more than 300 asbestos-containing materials were used in US Navy shipbuilding. It was used to insulate all kinds of pipes, boilers, incinerators, etc. If you served on board the USS Lamar (APA-47) and developed serious health problems like asbestosis, or cancer, you may be entitled to VA benefits and compensation.