The USS McCawley (APA-4) was a McCawley-class attack transport commissioned on September 11, 1940, under Capt. H. D. McHenry’s command with the hull number APA-4. It served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was sunk off Guadalcanal on June 30, 1943. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 478 people on board and had its main missions in New York, Norfolk, Wellington, Guadalcanal, Cape Esperance, Espiritu Santo, New Caledonia, Truk and Rendova Islands. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS McCawley received 5 battle stars.
Because of its unique physical and chemical properties, asbestos allowed military personnel to protect themselves and their equipment from the risk of fire. However, today, thousands of Navy veterans who have fought for their country suffer from asbestos-related diseases due to heavy exposure. If you, a fellow service member, or loved one believe you were exposed to asbestos during the military service, you are eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds and VA claims.