The USS Benewah (APB-35) was a barracks ship of the United States Navy and the lead ship of its class. The ship was notable for its service in World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War. The USS Benewah (APB-35) was laid down on 2 January 1945, by the Boston Navy Yard, and commissioned on 19 March 1946, with Lieutenant Commander John M. Kilcullen, Jr., USNR, in command. After being outfitted, it stayed in Boston, serving with the Atlantic Reserve Fleet as a barracks ship for the personnel of aircraft carriers that were being decommissioned. It entered the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in July 1966 for modification and upgrading in preparation for its return to active duty. The ship sailed from Vietnam to the Philippines on November 26, 1970. It was stationed in Subic Bay until 1 September 1973, when its name was removed from the Naval Vessel Register. Because asbestos was excellent for soundproofing, fireproofing, and insulating, it was seen as a miracle material for shipbuilding. Unfortunately, asbestos's long-term consequences result in lung damage. Depending on the duration of your asbestos exposure, these health consequences may worsen over time, contributing to serious diseases and even premature death. Veterans who have recently been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness may qualify for VA benefits that include free medical treatment.