As a Victory ship, the SS Lincoln Victory was built in 1944 by the California Shipbuilding Company in Los Angeles. It was commissioned during the same year and served the U.S. Navy throughout World War II along with other 96 Victory ships. The SS Lincoln Victory had two noteworthy Atlantic crossings. During the first, it steamed out of Le Havre, France with 1,535 troops that arrived in Boston, whereas during the second, it departed from Bremerhaven, Germany, and brought soldiers to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. The ship was sold to the Netherlands in 1947, which subsequently sold it to Taiwan, and was eventually scuttled in deeper waters in 1972.
Asbestos exposure was prevalent on the SS Lincoln Victory, as over 300 different hazardous products were present aboard. Thereby, everyone who served on it was exposed to a certain extent, this now places veterans at significant risk of developing terrible asbestos-related diseases such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, or asbestosis. These diseases can develop up to 50 years after the actual exposure so it is recommended that veterans who worked in risky conditions undergo regular medical examinations.