The USS Las Vegas Victory (AK-229) was a Boulder Victory-class cargo ship that was launched in 1944 under a Maritime Commission contract at the Permanente Metals Corp., Yard No.1, Richmond, California. It was commissioned on October 25, 1944, under LCDR. William P. Lally’s command, with the hull number AK-229 and served the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on April 8, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 99 people on board and had the main missions in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II, and participated in the Okinawa Gunto operation. After the decommissioning at San Francisco, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on April 17, 1946. The ship was sold for scrapping in November 1993. Asbestos is a danger that often goes unnoticed. Over the years, millions of Navy veterans have been exposed without being informed of the risks. There is no "safe" amount of asbestos exposure. Any level of exposure increases your chances of developing an asbestos-related illness throughout your lifetime. It may take decades for symptoms to appear. Individuals who have breathed asbestos fibers for a long period of time may be at an elevated risk of developing lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma.