The USS Don Marquis (IX-215) was a Liberty Ship that was used by the US Navy during World War II. The ship was categorized as an unclassified miscellaneous vessel and it was the only ship of the US Navy to bear this name. The ship’s builder was California Shipbuilding Co. based in Los Angeles California and it was launched in August 1943. It began its duty for the US Navy in May 1945 as dry floating storage operating mainly in the Pacific until November 1945. The ship was transferred back to the War Shipping Administration and it was struck from the Naval Vessel Register in June 1946. The vessel was scrapped in 1949. Asbestos’s strength, flexibility, heat resistance, affordability and ability to withstand high temperatures and chemical attack, made it the answer to everything the military needed. The mineral became even more of a necessity during and after WWII. Anyone who was aboard the USS Don Marquis (IX-215) should have their lungs evaluated for asbestos, as the risk of a disease such as lung cancer or mesothelioma is considerable.