Laid down in late 1944, the USNS Twin Falls (T-AGM-11) had quite an eventful history, being called back into service a total of three times on the span of nearly 40 years. Starting her career as a Merchant Mariner vessel, the ship took part in Douglas MacArthur’s uncharacteristic shot at military brilliance – the Inchon landings – and the later evacuation of Hungnam. She was slated for disposal in 1970 but recalled by the Navy one year later for possible use as a survey ship. In 1982, she saw a short period of use as a training vessel with the New York Board of Education and scrapped in 1983.
It is doubtful that during her many stints of James River the asbestos that could be found throughout the ship was removed. Some areas were more dangerous to her crew than others, like the boiler room or the engine rooms. Given the high number of electronics carried on board, radio and radar rooms were not much safer either.