The USS Oconee (AOG-34) was a Mettawee-class gasoline tanker laid down on October 18, 1944, and launched on November 19, the same year. It was commissioned on December 23, 1944, under Lt. Joseph T. Collins’ command with the hull number AOG-34 and it served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on March 28, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 62 people on board and had its main missions in Aruba, San Diego, Ulithi, Eniwetok, Panama, Okinawa, and San Francisco. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 1, 1946, and sold for commercial purposes.
Durable, light, corrosion, and fire-resistant, a naturally occurring mineral called asbestos appeared to be the perfect material for use in the shipbuilding industry from 1930 to 1970. If you built, repaired, or served onboard the USS Oconee (AOG-34), and have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease you may be eligible to recover the compensation that is rightfully yours from asbestos trust funds in addition to your VA disability benefits claim.