USS Noble (APA-218) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Noble (APA-218) was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on July 20, 1944, and launched on October 18, the same year. It was commissioned on November 27, 1944, under Comdr. Solomon S. Isquith’s command, with the hull number APA-218 and it served in the US Navy for 20 years until it was decommissioned on July 1, 1964. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in California, Okinawa, Norfolk, Tacoma, San Diego, San Francisco, Koje Do, Inchon, Tachen Islands, and Formosa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List in 1964 and sold to Spain where it was renamed SPS Aragon (TA-11). For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Noble (APA-218) received 1 battle star.

During World War II, the US Navy required the use of asbestos in shipbuilding for its heat resistant properties. Veterans who served onboard the USS Noble (APA-218) were inevitably exposed to asbestos and may have developed health problems because of it. All veterans are entitled to VA benefits and compensation from trust funds created for this purpose.

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Shipmates on USS Noble (APA-218)

charles gene abrell

william edwin altic

stephen wright

james b. bentz

john s. beserdetsky

harry elvin broadbent jr.

walter j. buzby ii

allan harry carry

vincent p. clarke

edward charles collins

ray h. godfrey

francis j. dunham

james lee cullum

justin c. converse

henry gorczyca