The USS Patapsco (AOG-1) was a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker laid down on May 25, 1942, and launched on August 18, the same year. It was commissioned on February 4, 1943, under Lt. A. J. Church’s command with the hull number AOG-1 and it served in the US Navy for 20 years until it was decommissioned on August 1, 1974. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 124 people on board and had its main missions in Alaska, Seattle, Ulithi, Saigon, Sasebo, Subic Bay, and Pearl Harbor. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1974, and sold for commercial purposes in 1979. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Patapsco (AOG-1) received 1 battle star and another one for the Korean service.
Before the health risks associated with asbestos became more widely known, the US Navy used more than 300 types of asbestos-containing materials on their ships. Because of long-term exposure to asbestos, many Navy veterans developed severe health problems. If you or a family member served onboard the USS Patapsco (AOG-1) and have an asbestos-related diagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation and VA benefits.