The USS President Jackson (APA-18) was a President Jackson-class attack transport laid down on October 2, 1939, and launched on June 7, the following year. It was commissioned on January 16, 1942, under Comdr. C. W. Weitzel’s command with the hull number APA-18 and served in the US Navy for 13 years until it was decommissioned on July 6, 1955. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 512 people on board and had its main missions in California, Pearl Harbor, Solomon Islands, Saipan, Noumea, Norfolk, Inchon, Guam, Iwo Jima, and Lingayen. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 1, 1958, and sold for scrapping in 1973. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS President Jackson received 8 battle stars and another 3 for the activity during the Korean War. We are here to help you learn about how veterans have been exposed to asbestos while serving on the USS President Jackson (APA-18). For Navy veterans who suffered exposure while in service and who developed asbestos-related diseases like lung cancer or asbestosis, compensation benefits are available through the VA and asbestos trust funds.