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President Jackson-Class Attack Transports

The seven attack transports in the President Jackson class served during World War II. As with all attack transports, their purpose was to transport troops and military equipment and to execute amphibious invasions on hostile shores. These ships were equipped with landing craft for that purpose and with anti-aircraft weapons to protect the troops and cargo they carried into battle zones.

History of President Jackson-Class Vessels

These ships’ design was based on the Maritime Commission’s Type C-3 hull, a design which was finalized in the late 1930s. The seven ships of the President Jackson class were laid down between October 1939 and December 1940 in Newport, Virginia, originally intended for commercial use by American President Lines. The ship builder was Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company.

Before the shipbuilding was complete, the Maritime Commission acquired the vessels for military service. However, only 5 were assigned to the Navy, converted into attack transports, and assigned APA hull numbers at the time. The remaining two ships were transferred to the Navy in 1943.

During the war, five of the ships served in the Pacific Theater exclusively. The remaining two were utilized in Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of North Africa. One of those two ships subsequently executed landings in Sicily, Normandy, and Italy in the European Theater and also participated in the Battle of Okinawa in the Pacific Theater.

When the war ended the President Jackson class ships were assigned to transport troops for occupation duties in Japan, China, and Korea and then assigned to Operation Magic Carpet, the massive effort to return demobilizing servicemen to the United States.

Only two of these transports were decommissioned after Operation Magic Carpet. The others were used for transport missions until the early 1950s and two served in the Korean War. However, by mid-1955 the last ship in the President Jackson class had been decommissioned.

Vessels of the President Jackson Class

The seven vessels in the President Jackson attack transport class were:

President Jackson-Class Technical Specifications

Specifications of President Jackson-class transports include:

President Jackson-class Transports and Asbestos Exposure

Of the many World War II legacies, one that is often overlooked is veteran asbestos exposure. The shipbuilding capacity of the United States during WWII reached the greatest level in world history. In some shipyards, as many as 3 new ships were hitting the water each day.

Asbestos and asbestos products were specific by the Navy for new vessels. Used primarily as a heat-resistant and fireproofing material, asbestos had hundreds of different uses on Navy ships, from turbine and boiler insulation to pump and valve gaskets to construction materials and much more.

Over the course of WWII some 25 million tons of asbestos were mixed into Navy ships, putting at risk the health of shipyard workers and sailors alike. Indeed, Navy veterans as a group have one of the highest rates of the asbestos cancer mesothelioma, which develops decades after asbestos exposure. Navy occupations with high rates of mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis include insulators, boiler mechanics, carpenters, machinists, painters and joiners.

The companies that supplied the Navy with asbestos did not warn about its toxicity, leading to an entirely preventable epidemic of asbestos disease. Veterans who developed asbestos diseases are now holding these companies liable through lawsuits that seek compensation for medical bills, lost productivity, and other losses.

Belluck & Fox is a New York law firm that specializes in asbestos litigation. Our nationally-recognized mesothelioma attorneys have achieved notable success in Navy veteran asbestos lawsuits and take pride in serving those who served our country.

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