The USS Hunter Liggett (APA-14) was a Harris-class attack transport launched on June 4, 1921. It was commissioned on June 9, 1941, with the hull number APA-14 and it served in the U.S. Navy for 5 years until it was decommissioned on March 18, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 725 people on board and had its main missions in Hawaii, Tongatapu, San Diego, Honolulu, Noumea, and Tulagi. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold for scrapping in 1948 to Boston Metals in Baltimore. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Hunter Liggett received 4 battle stars. Sailors aboard Navy ships often slept on bunks below asbestos-covered pipes, waking up covered with asbestos dust. The health effects of asbestos exposure can be devastating. When airborne asbestos fibers become embedded in the lungs, the body has no way of expelling them. This leads to severe upper respiratory problems and diseases. Unfortunately, the health effects take a long time to develop, leading to late detection of asbestos-related diseases and conditions such as lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural plaques, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, and many others.