The USS Lumen (AKA-30) was an Artemis-class attack cargo ship laid down on July 19, 1944, and launched on November 20, the same year. It was commissioned on December 29, 1944, under Comdr. Thomas A. Marshall Jr.’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on March 23, 1946. It carried a complement of 303 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, Eniwetok, Saipan, Ulithi, the Philippines and it participated only in World War II. After the decommissioning, the USS Lumen was placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet. It received 1 battle star for the activity during World War II. When the fibers that make up asbestos are released into the air and then inhaled by humans, they can cause a whole host of medical issues. Notwithstanding those dangers, asbestos was used up through the 1970s in thermal and electrical insulation, cement pipe and sheets, flooring, gaskets, friction materials, coatings, plastics, and protective clothing.