USS Rutland (APA-192) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Rutland (APA-192) was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on May 4, 1944, and launched on August 10, the same year. It was commissioned on September 29, 1944, under Comdr. Francis K. O’Brien’s command, with the hull number APA-192 and it served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on February 26, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Tulagi, Japan, Eniwetok, Saipan, and Hilo. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 1, 1958. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Rutland received 2 battle stars. Although the U.S. military stopped using asbestos products in the mid-1970s, all ships of the United States Navy, including cruisers, destroyers, frigates, and submarines were still being used in the ‘80s and ‘90s, explaining why veterans today are being diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases.

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Shipmates on USS Rutland (APA-192)

Earl Laskey Doliber Jr.

Thomas Evertt Hatfield

John R. Lofstrom

Donovan Lee Perdue

Selva Hiawatha Anderson