The USS Saint Croix was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on September 25, 1944, and launched on November 9, the same year. It was commissioned on December 1, 1944, under Capt. Edmond P. Speight’s command, with the hull number APA-231 and it served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on April 7, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Guadalcanal, Florida, New Caledonia, New Hebrides, San Francisco, Manila, and Leyte. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on April 23, 1947, and sold for scrapping in 1979.
There was a lot of asbestos used on ships for its heat resistant and sealing properties. Everyone who served or worked onboard and have asbestos-related symptoms like chest pain, having difficulty breathing, may be eligible for compensation. Even though the asbestos fibers have microscopic sizes, once inhaled, they cannot be broken down by the human body and can lead to serious diseases like mesothelioma or lung cancer.