The USS Bexar (APA-237) was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on June 2, 1945, and launched on July 25, the same year. It was commissioned on October 9, 1945, under Capt. R. H. Wilcox’s command, with the hull number APA-237 and it served in the US Navy for 25 years until it was decommissioned on August 7, 1970. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on September 1, 1976, and sold for scrapping to C. W. Enterprises & Investment Inc. in 1982.
During World War II, asbestos was a significant resource that has traditionally been used in a wide range of applications. For example, asbestos pipe lagging and asbestos boiler coating used to be extremely important in the maritime industry due to the high pressures created by the engines and steam pipes. Those who worked around pipes and boilers are likely to have been exposed to asbestos dust.