The USS Monrovia (AP-64) was a Crescent City-class attack transport laid down on March 26, 1942, and launched on September 19, the same year. It was commissioned the first time on December 1, 1942, under Capt. C. D. Leffler’s command with the hull number APA-64 and it served in the US Navy for 23 years until it was decommissioned the last time on October 31, 1968. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 555 people on board and had its main missions in Wellington, Pearl Harbor, Sicily, Saipan, Leyte, and Korea. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 1, 1968, and sold for scrapping the same year. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Monrovia (AP-64) received 7 battle stars.
When the USS Monrovia was built, the US Navy mandated the use of asbestos for its heat resistant and sealing properties. The veterans who served on board may have been affected by the long term exposure to this dangerous material. If you developed severe health conditions because of inhaling asbestos particles, you may be entitled to compensation and VA benefits.