The USS Napa (APA-157) was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on June 7, 1944, and launched on August 12, the same year. It was commissioned on October 1, 1944, under Capt. Francis J. Firth’s command, with the hull number APA-157 and it served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on May 24, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in California, Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima, Saipan, Okinawa, and Guam. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 17, 1946, and sold for scrapping in 1983. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Napa received 1 battle star.
Many World War II-era battleships remained in service for many years. These older vessels were modernized during refits but still contained tons of asbestos. As a result, many Navy service members inhaled asbestos fibers during their deployments, even as late as the Vietnam War of the 1960s and early 1970s. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with lung cancer, asbestosis, or other respiratory conditions, you may be eligible for substantial compensation.