The USS Gazelle (IX-116) was an unclassified miscellaneous vessel that was used by the US Navy during World War II to assist the war operations in the Marshall Islands, Philippines, and Enewetak Atoll by delivering fuel to battleships carrying the operations. It was built as an auxiliary oiler under the name of SS Cyrus K. Holliday in November 1943 and immediately acquired by the Navy. The USS Gazelle took part in the assault in Kwajalein in early 1944 before sailing for Eniwetok and later, Majuro, to further carry out fueling operations through submarine-infested waters before sailing for Leyte. The ship remained at Leyte until September 1944 when it sailed for Korea and joined the Korean Service Group. It was sold into private ownership in 1948. Today, it’s common knowledge that asbestos is something that is dangerous to one’s health and can bring severe and fatal diseases. However, before it was banned in the late 1970s, asbestos was taking over the spotlight in the construction industry because it was an inexpensive, widely available, and durable material that can be used for insulation. If you are a Navy veteran that served on the USS Gazelle (IX-116), talk to your doctor about the prospect of early screening for the conditions connected to asbestos exposure.