The USS Baham (AG-71) was a miscellaneous auxiliary ship that was commissioned by the US Navy for World War II service. The ship was laid down by the St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company under a MARCOM contract in November 1943 at Jacksonville, Florida. Once it was delivered to the Navy, the ship was sent to Charleston Navy Yard for conversion to a repair, distilling, and stores issue ship, and then it was commissioned with Lieutenant Gavin L. Field in command. Once it was fitted with repair electronic equipment, the ship was put to sea and sent to the Central Pacific. It was placed in the reserve fleet at Suisun Bay, California, where it remained until it was sold for scrapping in 1972. Asbestos is a danger when it is worked on – cut, drilled or sawn – during repair processes because that is how asbestos particles get into the air and are then breathed in by the people working with it. A service member who was regularly exposed to asbestos dust and particles had a high possibility of going on to get an asbestos disease many years later. Hence the reason that so many Navy veterans are now being diagnosed with asbestos lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis, and are contacting legal experts to make compensation claims.