The USS Okaloosa (APA-219) was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on August 8, 1944, and launched on October 22, the same year. It was commissioned on November 28, 1944, under Capt. R. E. Jasperson’s command, with the hull number APA-219 and it served in the US Navy for 5 years until it was decommissioned on July 21, 1949. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in California, Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, Norfolk, Tacoma, Guam, and Jinsen. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 1, 1958. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Okaloosa (APA-219) received 1 battle star.
Asbestos was a material highly used on ships built around World War II, for its heat resistant properties. Veterans who served onboard the USS Okaloosa (APA-219) may be experiencing serious health problems from asbestos exposure. Anyone having any asbestos-related symptoms is entitled to VA benefits and compensation.