The USS Rio Grande (AOG-3) was a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker laid down on June 30, 1942, and launched on September 23, the same year. It was commissioned on April 10, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. Lawrence J. Hasse’s command with the hull number AOG-3 and served in the US Navy for 9 years until it was decommissioned on January 6, 1956. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 131 people on board and had its main missions in Alaska, Seattle, Norfolk, French Indochina, Korea, Shemya Island, and San Diego. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1960, and sold to General Metals in 1972, where it was subsequently scrapped.
Inhalation or swallowing of asbestos fibers can cause a range of severe diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma, pleural effusion, laryngeal cancer. A lot of Navy veterans have developed serious health problems decades after they served onboard Navy ships. If you have an asbestos-related diagnosis or have symptoms like a persistent dry cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, you may be entitled to VA benefits and compensation.