The SS Thomas B. King was a Liberty ship built at J.A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia, during World War II. She was named after Thomas Butler King I, an American politician from the state of Georgia. The SS Thomas B. King was laid down on 23 June 1944, under a Maritime Commission contract and launched on 7 August 1944. On 15 May 1970, the SS Thomas B. King was sold for scrapping to Union Minerals & Alloys Co.
Navy personnel present in the working areas handling materials containing asbestos in assembly operations, cutting, maintaining, repairing and dismantling of facilities were at high risk of inhaling asbestos fibers. Our brave veterans who served onboard navy ships were exposed to asbestos without knowing of its hazards, discovering too late that it caused their mesothelioma or other forms of cancer.