The USS Rockingham (APA-229/LPA-229) was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on September 11, 1944, and launched on November 1, the same year. It was commissioned on November 22, 1944, under Comdr. Hans Hanley’s command, with the hull number APA-229 and it served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on March 17, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in Saipan, California, Okinawa, Ulithi, Samar, San Francisco, Bikini Atoll, and Kwajalein. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on October 1, 1958, and scrapped by Don Kur Steel Corporation in South Korea. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Rockingham received 1 battle star.
Asbestos was widely used on Navy ships in the first half of the 20th century. Its microscopic fibers can be easily inhaled, especially in cases of long term exposure. If you or a loved one served onboard USS Rockingham (APA-229/LPA-229), you may be entitled to VA benefits and compensation from trust funds created for this purpose.