The USS Sumter (APA-52) was a Sumter-class attack transport laid down on April 3, 1942, and launched on October 4, the same year. It was commissioned on September 1, 1943, under Capt. A. D. Blackledge’s command with the hull number APA-52 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on March 19, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 449 people on board and had its main missions in the Marshalls, Saipan, the Philippines, Lingayen, and Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on April 17, 1946, and scrapped in 1957 in Alabama. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Sumter received 6 battle stars. Unfortunately, many Navy veterans exposed to asbestos during their active duty are now being diagnosed with life-threatening conditions. In turn, new treatment options are being developed. With these treatment plans and other support options, former Navy members have excellent chances of increasing their survival rates. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, it’s important to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights and understand your options.