The USS Oneida (APA-221) was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on September 30, 1944, and launched on October 31, the same year. It was commissioned on December 4, 1944, under Capt. Arthur C. Geisenhoff’s command, with the hull number APA-221 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on December 27, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in California, Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Guam, and Ulithi. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on October 1, 1958. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Oneida (APA-221) received 1 battle star.
Asbestos was a valuable commodity in the 20th century. It was an ideal material for shipbuilding. The most common use was for insulation. Long-term exposure to asbestos fibers can lead to serious health problems that occur several years after. If you or a loved one served onboard the USS Oneida (APA-221), you may be entitled to VA benefits and compensation.