The USS Tularosa (AOG-43) was a Mettawee-class gasoline tanker laid down on October 31, 1944, and launched on December 17, the same year. It was commissioned on January 10, 1945, under Lt. Rex Montgomery Stagner’s command with the hull number AOG-43 and it served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on April 23, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 62 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, Bermuda, Midway Island, Aruba, Panama, Oahu, San Diego, and Pearl Harbor. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 21, 1946, and sold to National Metal & Steel Corporation from Terminal Island in California in 1964.
Asbestos can cause a variety of health problems to those who have been exposed to it. Unfortunately, Navy veterans have the highest percentage of asbestos-exposure, because this mineral was widely used on the Navy ships. If you or a family member served onboard the USS Tularosa and have an asbestos-related diagnosis, they may be entitled to compensation and VA benefits.