The USS Muliphen (AKA-61/LKA-61) was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship laid down on May 13, 1944, and launched on August 26, 1944, with the hull number AKA-61. It was commissioned on October 23, 1944, under Comdr. Walter W. Williamson’s command and served in the US Navy for 26 years until it was decommissioned on August 28, 1970. It carried a complement of 246 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Key West, Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima, Saipan, Okinawa, the Marianas and Solomons, Philippines. On January 1, 1969, the ship was reclassified as LKA-61. It was struck from the Naval Register on January 1, 1977. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Muliphen received 2 battle stars. Aside from leading to lung cancer and asbestosis, asbestos exposure has been known to lead to mesothelioma - a type of cancer that occurs in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. If you are a Navy veteran and if you experience symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, persistent coughing, wheezing, fatigue, abdominal pain or swelling, and unexplained weight loss, the best thing to do is to schedule an appointment with your doctor and request an X-ray chest or CT scan.