The USS Rockbridge (APA-228) was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on September 2, 1944, and launched on October 28, the same year. It was commissioned on November 18, 1944, under Capt. William W. Cone’s command, with the hull number APA-228 and it served in the US Navy for 21 years until it was decommissioned on November 29, 1968. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Ulithi, Hagushi, Seattle, Guantanamo Bay, and Korea. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on December 1, 1968, and sold to Boston Metals Company in Baltimore. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Rockbridge received 1 battle star.
You or any loved ones who served onboard the USS Rockbridge (APA-228), may be entitled to VA benefits and compensation from trust funds created for victims of asbestos exposure. Asbestos resists high temperature and corrosion, which is why it was used in the US naval industry. Symptoms can occur after decades.