The USS Aurelia (AKA-23) was an Artemis-class attack cargo ship laid down on February 5, 1944, and launched on July 4 the same year. It was commissioned on October 14, 1944, under Comdr. E. G. MacMurdy’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on March 14, 1946. It carried a complement of 303 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, Guam, Saipan, Eniwetok, the Philippines, Okinawa, and Leyte and it participated only in World War II. It was struck from the Navy List on June 19, 1946. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Aurelia received 1 battle star. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Aurelia (AKA-23), and are suffering from symptoms that may suggest an asbestos-related illness, you need to see a medical doctor as soon as possible. If your diagnosis confirms an illness stemming from asbestos exposure, your next step should be to file a claim that is likely to bring you compensation consisting of payment of medical bills.