As a Victory ship, the USS Bosque was named after the Bosque County in Texas and was designed to serve the U.S. Navy during World War II. For the extraordinary operations it conducted under the command of Captain Henry Johnson throughout the war, it earned one battle star. The ship was a Haskell-class attack transport vessel, whose building was sponsored by Mrs. Donald F. Stace in 1944.
Asbestos was heavily used in the military before 1980, when proper regulations came into effect, and Navy ships were no exception. Consequently, over 300 asbestos products were present aboard Navy ships during the last century, including aboard the USS Bosque. Exposure to asbestos is responsible for terrible diseases such as lung cancer and mesothelioma, diseases which usually take between 20 and 50 years to develop, as asbestos fibers gradually damage the organ they attached themselves to. In 1973, the USS Bosque was sold for scrap to the Union Minerals and Alloys Corporation of New York City.