Laid down by the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards in 1944 under the Emergency Shipbuilding program, the SS Morgantown Victory was named after the Morgantown city of West Virginia. It was responsible for transporting cargo to the troops fighting in World War II, but the ship also participated in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The ship was owned by the War Shipping Administration. In 1984, the SS Morgantown Victory was brought to the Port of Kaohsiung and scrapped.
Because it was built with asbestos, exposure possibly occurred everywhere on the ship. Asbestos exposure may lead to awful diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma within 20 to 50 years. Because diseases that stem from asbestos exposure have a long latency period, it was only recently that veterans began developing health problems. As diseases which develop as a result of asbestos exposure are asymptomatic in their early phases, it is a good idea for veterans to undergo regular medical examinations to timely find out about a potential disease they may have developed.