The USS Rockwall was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on September 9, 1944, and launched on November 5, the same year. It was commissioned on January 14, 1945, under Capt. Charles W. Roland’s command, with the hull number APA-230 and it served in the US Navy for 10 years until it was decommissioned on September 28, 1955. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in Saipan, California, Okinawa, Ulithi, Iwo Jima, San Francisco, Tinian, and Shanghai. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on December 1, 1958. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Rockwall received 1 battle star.
Many Navy veterans suffer from asbestos exposure, who served on board the USS Rockwall (APA-230). Asbestos is a very dangerous carcinogenic that was widely used around the time of the second world war, especially on Navy ships. Asbestos exposure can lead to symptoms after several years, 20 to even 50 years.