The USS Yahara (AOG-37) was a Mettawee-class gasoline tanker laid down on June 6, 1944, and launched on July 30, the same year. It was commissioned on September 29, 1944, under Lt. N. Clark Biggs’ command with the hull number AOG-37 and it served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on May 21, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 62 people on board and had its main missions in the Netherlands West Indies, San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Canton Island, Ulithi, Okinawa, Hagushi, Kerama Retto, Ie Shima, and Aruba. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 19, 1946.
The U.S. Navy servicemen and women are among those heavily affected by exposure to asbestos, due to their constant work with products that contained asbestos and whose use was unregulated. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Yahara (AOG-37), we highly recommend you file a claim with one or more of the established asbestos trust funds, as well as with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.