The USS Mattabesset (AOG-52) was a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker laid down on July 6, 1944, and launched on November 11, the same year. It was commissioned on June 16, 1945, under Lt. Comdr. N. O. W. Adams’ command with the hull number AOG-52 and it served in the US Navy for 23 years until it was struck from the Navy List on October 1, 1968. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 131 people on board and had its main missions in Baytown, Pearl Harbor, Norfolk, Labrador, Greenland, Saipan, the Norwegian Sea and the North Sea. After the striking, the ship was sold for scrapping to Peck Iron & Metal Corporation in Norfolk. Exposure to asbestos can lead to a number of serious health issues, including asbestosis, pleural plaques, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Misdiagnosis is common among asbestos exposure victims. The symptoms of most asbestos-related lung diseases are similar to other common lung conditions, for example, the symptoms of stage 1 pleural mesothelioma are similar to those caused by other lung diseases like pneumonia and asthma and are likely for the early stages of pleural mesothelioma to be wrongly diagnosed as asthma or pneumonia.