The USS Vinton (AKA-83) was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on June 20, 1944, and launched on August 25, the same year. It was commissioned on February 23, 1945, under Comdr. John D. Hoffman’s command and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on March 16, 1946. It carried a complement of 425 men on board. During World War II, the ship operated in the Marianas, Pearl Harbor, Panama, Okinawa, Ryukyus, and the Western Carolines. After the decommissioning, USS Vinton was struck from the Navy List on June 5, 1946. Later, the ship was sold to Lykes Brothers Steamship Co. and then transferred to the Gulf and South American Steamship Co. where it was renamed SS Gulf Shipper. One of the greatest dangers of asbestos is that it is very hard to detect. Odorless and tasteless, the mineral cannot be observed with the naked eye. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Vinton (AKA-83), you need an attorney to protect your right to fair compensation to help you and your family move forward.