The USS Montour (APA-101) was a Bayfield-class attack transport laid down on October 20, 1943, and launched on March 10, the following year. It was commissioned on June 9, 1944, under Capt. James H. Thatch’s command with the hull number APA-101 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on April 19, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 575 people on board and had its main missions in San Pedro, Pearl Harbor, California, Lingayen Gulf, Wakayama, Okinawa, Portland, and Norfolk. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 19, 1946, and sold in 1947 for commercial purposes.
Because of its affordability, and unique properties, asbestos was heavily used for the plumbing of the Navy ships as well as the mechanical pumps powering them up. Thousands of veterans breathed in asbestos fibers every day, without knowing the harm they could cause decades later. If you or a fellow service member believes that you were exposed to asbestos during the military service, you are eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds and VA claims.