The USS Hesperia (AKS-13) was an Acubens-class general stores issue ship launched under a Maritime Commission contract by Delta Shipbuilding Co., New Orleans, Louisiana, on 18 November 1944. Commissioned by the U.S. Navy for service in World War II, she was responsible for delivering and disbursing troops, goods, and equipment to locations in the war zone. During her activity, the ship carried a complement of 195 men on board and had its main missions in Pearl Harbor, Ulithi, Manus, Buckner Bay, and Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and scrapped in 1973.
Asbestos was considered a miracle material for shipbuilding because it was ideal for soundproofing, fireproofing, and insulating. Unfortunately, the long-lasting effects of asbestos result in lung damage. Depending on how long you have been exposed to asbestos, these health effects can worsen over time and contribute to severe illnesses and even early death. Navy veterans that were exposed to this toxic material during their service and got sick are now eligible for free health care, disability compensation, and other VA benefits.