USS Skagit (AKA-105/LKA-105) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

USS Skagit (AKA-105/LKA-105)

The USS Skagit (AKA-105/LKA-105) was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on September 21, 1944, and launched on November 18, the same year. It was commissioned the next year on May 2, 1945, under Capt. Harold R. Parker’s command and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned for the first time on June 30, 1949. One year later, on August 26, 1950, the ship was recommissioned and served in the U.S. Navy for another 19 years until July 1, 1969. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 395 men on board and operated in Norfolk, the Philippines, Marseille, Manila, and Tokyo. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List the same day. Remember that asbestos particles are very tiny; the damage they do is by getting into your tissues, and it is impossible for the body to eliminate. If you served in the U.S. Navy between the 1930s and the 1980s and were exposed to asbestos, either knowingly or unknowingly, be sure you know what legal steps you can take.

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Shipmates on USS Skagit (AKA-105/LKA-105)