The USS Wabash (AOG-4) was a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker laid down on June 30, 1942, and launched on October 28, the same year. It was commissioned on May 10, 1943, under Lt. James F. Ardagh’s command with the hull number AOG-4 and it served in the US Navy for 10 years until it was decommissioned on September 10, 1957. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 140 people on board and had its main missions in Alaska, Seattle, San Francisco, Hawaii, Eniwetok, Roi Island, Saipan, and Ulithi. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 8, 1958, and sold to Marine Metals in 2006, where it was subsequently scrapped. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Wabash (AOG-4) received 2 battle stars and another 2 for the Korean service. Asbestos was most extensively used by the U.S. Navy in their shipbuilding. At the time when the USS Wabash (AOG-4) was built, the US Navy was not aware of how dangerous asbestos can be to our health. Sometimes, it can take decades before the first symptoms occur. If you or a loved one served on board this ship and developed asbestos-related diseases, you may be entitled to compensation and VA benefits.