USS Xenia (AKA-51) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Xenia (AKA-51) was an Artemis-class attack cargo ship laid down on May 4, 1945, and launched on June 27, the same year. It was commissioned on July 28, 1945, under Lt. Comdr. G. B. Service’s command and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on May 13, 1946. It carried a complement of 303 men on board. After decommissioning, the USS Xenia was struck from the Naval Register on November 30, 1946, and transferred to the government of Chile. It was renamed Presidente Errazuriz and it served as flagship until 1962. Asbestos has been strictly regulated since the late 1970s, but asbestosis and mesothelioma may take decades to develop, so Navy veterans continue to develop these diseases long after exposure. If you developed an illness or a loved one died from a disease related to asbestos exposure, you are entitled to receive compensation from over $30 billion available in asbestos trust funds in addition to your VA disability benefits claim.

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Shipmates on USS Xenia (AKA-51)

James Rodney Groff

Robert S. McCormick

Earnest E. Graham