The USS Meriwether was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on July 27, 1944, and launched on October 18, the same year. It was commissioned on November 4, 1944, under Capt. Angus M. Cohan’s command, with the hull number APA-203 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on August 14, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in California, Okinawa, San Francisco, Saipan, Guam, Nagasaki, Eniwetok, and Ulithi. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 1, 1958, and sold for scrapping. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Meriwether received 1 battle star.
Up until 1980, the majority of U.S. ships have contained huge amounts of asbestos, because of its thermal and electrical resistance, and non-inflammability. Once inhaled, asbestos is able to travel inside the body and attach itself to the tissue of various organs and lead to serious diseases such as cancer.