Laid down by the California Shipbuilding Corporation in 1944, the USS Attala was named after the Attala County in Mississippi. It was a Victory ship which served during World War II, activity for which it earned one battle star. The ship was sponsored by Mrs. Paul Piggot and operated under the command of William S. G. Davis. It was built under a Maritime Commission contract for the U.S. Navy.
Since it was laid down during the heyday of asbestos, there were numerous harmful products aboard the USS Attala, which endangered the health of everyone present on it. When one inhales or ingests asbestos fibers from the air, their risk of developing a terrible disease such as lung cancer or mesothelioma increases significantly. Once inside the body, asbestos fibers can attach themselves to organs such as the lugs, the stomach or the colon, gradually causing inflammation and tissue scarring which may, over the decades, give way to cancer. In 1974, the USS Attala was sold to Mr. Isaac Varela to be scrapped.