The USS Lynx (AK-100) was a Crated-class cargo commissioned by the U.S. Navy for service in World War II. The cargo ship was laid down on 26 April 1943 as SS Juan Bautista de Anza, under Maritime Commission contract by California Shipbuilding Corporation, Terminal Island, Los Angeles, California, and launched 18 May 1943. The Crater-class cargo ship is a category of freighter that was constructed for delivering troops, goods, and equipment to locations in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II. During World War II, the USS Lynx (AK-100) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the capture and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 April to 5 May 1945. The USS Lynx earned one battle star for World War II service. The cargo ship decommissioned at Suisun Bay, California, 1 November 1945 and transferred to the War Shipping Administration was struck from the Naval Vessel Register 16 November 1945. Tons of asbestos-containing materials were used on all classes of U.S. Navy vessels because of their incombustibility, low thermal conductivity, tensile strength and high resistance to heat and chemical damage. Anyone who has worked onboard the USS Lynx (AK-100) or been involved in her repair should be on the alert for signs of asbestos-related diseases and consult a doctor immediately if they experience any associated symptoms.