The USS Mountrail was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on June 24, 1944, and launched on September 20, the same year. It was commissioned for the first time on November 16, 1944, under Comdr. Robert R. Stevens’ command, with the hull number APA-213 and it served in the US Navy for 16 years until it was decommissioned for the last time on August 13, 1970. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 532 people on board and had its main missions in California, Okinawa, San Pedro, Kojo, North Vietnam, South Vietnam, Kerama Retto, and Leyte. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 1, 1976, and sold for scrapping in India in 1991. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Mountrail received 1 battle star and another 3 battle stars for the Korean activity.
Exposure to asbestos could have occurred either by being a part of the crew serving in the Navy, but also by being implicated in some way in the process of building or dismantling ships and vessels, both processes involved the release of asbestos fibers into the air. Exposure to asbestos may cause asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.