The USS Haskell (APA-117) was named for the several Haskell Counties in the U.S. — in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. The Haskell was the lead ship of her class of U.S. Navy attack transports, built in Wilmington, California by the California Shipbuilding Corp.

Launched in 1944 with a crew of 480 enlisted men and 56 officers, the USS Haskell earned a battle star for her service in World War II. She was decommissioned shortly after the war’s end and placed in reserve at James River, Virginia. In 1973, she was sold for scrap.

Asbestos Components of the USS Haskell

All of the personnel who were in contact with the USS Haskell, both Navy and civilian, including those who built, repaired, maintained, served aboard or scrapped her all had the potential to be exposed to asbestos-containing components of the ship.

When asbestos fibers are released into the air (whether from deterioration or manipulation of asbestos materials or during combat), they may be ingested by individuals in the area, starting a disease process that culminates in cancer. If you or a loved one served aboard or helped maintain a U.S. Navy ship and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer or another disease, you are most likely eligible to receive monetary compensation for your losses. To speak with an asbestos attorney who can help you recover compensation, please contact us today.