The USS Athene (AKA-22) was an Artemis-class attack cargo ship laid down on January 20, 1944, and launched on June 18 the same year. It was commissioned on September 29, 1944, under Comdr. Edward R. Nelson’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 17, 1946. It carried a complement of 303 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima, Saipan, Eniwetok, the Philippines, Ulithi, and Leyte and it participated only in World War II. It was struck from the Navy List on August 1, 1947. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Athene received 2 battle stars. Asbestos-related diseases typically arise years after repeated, long-term exposure to the carcinogen. Exposure to asbestos is caused by the accumulation of asbestos fibers in the body's respiratory or digestive tract. As they accumulate, asbestos fibers can cause damage to cells and ultimately, genetic changes that can lead to cancer. Following a medical diagnosis, Navy veterans can proceed with asbestos trust funds and VA claims to recover lost wages and medical costs for treatment of asbestos-related illness.