The USS Sakonnet (AOG-61) was a Mettawee-class gasoline tanker laid down on May 1, 1943, and launched on December 1, the same year. It was commissioned on November 20, 1944, under Lt. Comdr. Raymond Patrick Le Viness's command with the hull number AOG-61 and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on October 26, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 66 people on board. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 13, 1945, and sold for scrapping to Zidell Machinery & Supply Corporation in 1951.
Naval records confirm that the US Navy used a lot of asbestos on their ships and for all kinds of equipment. They didn't know how dangerous this mineral can be to our health. Research shows that only 10% of people don't get sick out of those who have been exposed. Veterans suffering from illnesses caused by military asbestos exposure are entitled to VA benefits and compensation. There are also survivor benefits for spouses of veterans who died of asbestos-related diagnosis.