The USS Mellena (AKA-32) was an Artemis-class attack cargo ship laid down on September 25, 1944, and launched on December 11, the same year. It was commissioned on January 20, 1945, under Comdr. B. C. Modin’s command and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on June 11, 1946. It carried a complement of 303 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, the Marianas, the Philippines, the Admiralties, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Shiogama, and Tokyo Bay and it participated only in World War II. After decommissioning, the USS Mellena was transferred to War Shipping Administration on June 11, 1946. It was struck from the Naval Register on July 3, 1946, and it was sold for scrap in 1971. Navy veterans who have developed a health condition as a result of asbestos exposure may be entitled to compensation for medical costs and other expenses. It is important to find an experienced attorney when pursuing legal action for asbestos exposure. An experienced legal practitioner may be able to provide assistance with compiling medical records and other evidence to prove that a condition has developed as a direct result of asbestos exposure during military service.