The USS Baxter (APA-94) was a Sumter-class attack transport laid down on March 18, 1943, and launched on September 19, the same year. It was commissioned on May 15, 1944, under Capt. V. R. Sinclair’s command with the hull number APA-94 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on March 22, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 554 people on board and had its main missions in Pearl Harbor, Manus, Leyte, Luzon, San Felipe, and Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was sold for commercial purposes to Waterman Steamship Corporation in Alabama. The ship was scrapped in 1968. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Baxter received 3 battle stars. Asbestos exposure has been demonstrated to be responsible for lung cancer, as well as for a series of other non-malignant yet severe diseases such as asbestosis and pleural effusion. Distressing symptoms are rarely experienced in the incipient phases of the disease and consequently, most veterans find out about their affection when few treatment options are available. The most common signs of asbestos affecting the lungs include a persistent cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, and hoarseness.