The USS Navarro was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on June 27, 1944, and launched on October 3, the same year. It was commissioned on November 15, 1944, under Comdr. F. E. Angrick’s command, with the hull number APA-215 and served in the US Navy for 25 years until it was decommissioned on January 1, 1969. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in California, Okinawa, San Pedro, Leyte, San Diego, San Francisco, Eniwetok, Norfolk, and Ulithi. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on February 1, 1969. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Navarro received 1 battle star and another 6 for the Vietnam activity.
Asbestos was an ideal material for multiple uses in the shipbuilding industry: insulation in pipes and motors, flooring, and walls, electrical wiring, fireproofing materials, protective gear, and others. Veterans afflicted with asbestos-related diseases are eligible for compensation from one or more of the several trust funds created for victims of asbestos exposure, and also through the Department of Veterans Affairs.