The USS Susquehanna (AOG-5) was a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker laid down on September 9, 1942, and launched on November 23, the same year. It was commissioned on June 7, 1943, under Lt. Peter H. V. Bamberg’s command with the hull number AOG-5 and it served in the US Navy for 12 years until it was decommissioned on March 26, 1959. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 134 people on board and had its main missions in Australia, New Guinea, Netherlands East Indies, Leyte, Dulag, Milne Bay, Yokosuka, and Korea. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 26, 1959, and sold to Levin Metals in 1973, where it was subsequently scrapped.
Because of its qualities of resisting corrosion and high temperatures, asbestos was an ideal material for use in the shipbuilding industry. It was used to insulate boilers, hot water pipes, steam pipes, and incinerators. A lot of Navy veterans have developed asbestos-related health problems because of long-term exposure to this dangerous mineral. If you have any asbestos-related diagnosis, you may be entitled to VA benefits and compensation.