The USS Diphda (AKA-59) was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship launched on May 11, 1944, with the hull number AKA-59. It was commissioned on July 8, 1944, under Comdr. R. C. Willson’s command and served in the US Navy for 12 years until it was decommissioned on May 11, 1956. It carried a complement of 429 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, New Guinea, Manus, Wakde Islands, San Pedro Bay, Okinawa, Saipan, Espiritu Santo, and Sasebo. It served for the Military Sea Transportation Service from February 5 to November 11, 1952. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Diphda received 1 battle star and 6 battle stars for the activity during the Korean War. Asbestos is mainly used as an insulating material – it is a very effective fire retardant material, hence its use to insulate boilers, pipes, and other heat-producing components used in warships up to the late 1970s. If you once served in the U.S. Navy onboard the USS Diphda (AKA-59), and have received an asbestos-related diagnosis, reach out for help to obtain the compensation you deserve for the harm that has been done to you.