The USS Menifee was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on July 21, 1944, and launched on October 15, the same year. It was commissioned for the first time on November 4, 1944, under Comdr. Paul P. Spaulding’s command, with the hull number APA-202. The ship served in the US Navy for 7 years until it was decommissioned for the last time on June 29, 1955. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in California, Okinawa, San Francisco, Milne Bay, San Pedro, Leyte, Korea, and Guadalcanal. After the last decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 1, 1955. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Menifee received 1 battle star and another 2 for the Korean service.
Due to its thermal and electrical resistance, as well as non-inflammability, asbestos was used up until 1980 on the majority of U.S. ships. Studies show that exposure to asbestos can start causing perceivable symptoms after at least one decade (when the disease is often considered advanced).