The USS Noxubee (AOG-56) was a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker laid down on November 17, 1944, and launched on April 3, the following year. It was commissioned for the first time on October 19, 1945, under Lt. John Lande’s command with the hull number AOG-56 and it served in the U.S. Navy for 23 years until it was decommissioned for the last time in 1975. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 131 people on board and had its main missions in New Orleans, Virginia, Algiers, Marseilles, Malta, Tripoli, Sasebo, and Barcelona. After the last decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1975. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Noxubee received 6 campaign stars and a Meritorious Unit Commendation. For Navy veterans who suffered exposure while in service and who developed asbestos-related diseases like lung cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma, bronchial cancer, COPD, emphysema, or pulmonary fibrosis, compensation benefits are available through the VA. If you have been diagnosed with any of these conditions, seek legal assistance as soon as possible.