The SS Benjamin Harrison was a Liberty Ship built during World War II to be used by the United States for war operations. The ship was named after the 23rd President of the United States. It was launched in January 1942 and, on its first mission which was delivering cargo in North Africa as part of the convoy UGS 6, the ship was torpedoed by a German submarine, suffering 3 casualties in the process. The vessel sunk on 16 March 1943.
Navy veterans exposed to asbestos during their military service can do a chest X-ray or a pulmonary function test to see how much air their lungs can hold. A CT scan or biopsy might help them determine whether you have mesothelioma - a type of cancer that affects the lining that covers the lungs, chest, or abdomen. An early warning sign is a fluid buildup around the lungs; other symptoms include chest pain, problems breathing, a cough, pain or lumps in the belly, significant weight loss, and fatigue.