The USS Livingston (AP-163) was a Crater-class cargo ship built during World War II. The ship was laid down as SS Josiah D. Whitney, under Maritime Commission contract by California Shipbuilding Corporation, Terminal Island, Los Angeles, California, on 22 March 1943. In April 1943 she was converted by the War Shipping Administration to carry troops, goods and equipment to locations in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. On August 1944 the ship was reclassified Cargo ship (AK-222). During World War II, the USS Livingston (AP-163) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in Marshall Island campaign and Marianas operation. The USS Livingston (AP-163) earned two battle stars for World War II service. Her crew was eligible for the American Campaign Medal, Asian-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and Navy Occupation Service Medal. Many former members of the US Navy were exposed to high levels of asbestos during their service. The deadly material was frequently used throughout ships and in shipyards, where service members worked in tight quarters and breathed in tiny asbestos fibers without knowing the danger they were in.