The USS Warren (APA-53) was a Sumter-class attack transport laid down on April 19, 1942, and launched on September 7, the same year. It was commissioned on August 2, 1943, under Capt. William A. McHale’s command with the hull number APA-53 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on March 14, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 657 people on board and had its main missions in Pearl Harbor, Manus, Leyte, Luzon, Ulithi, and Okinawa. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Warren received 5 battle stars.
Navy ships were built with many asbestos-containing materials during a time when the extent of asbestos’s dangers was not known. The hazardous mineral was found in large amounts in pipes, block insulation, boilers, pumps, valves, and engines of each ship. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Warren (APA-53), you may still be at risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses such as lung cancer, and you should make an appointment with a physician who specializes in the respiratory system as soon as possible.