The USS Natrona was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on June 30, 1944, and launched on September 27, the same year. It was commissioned on November 8, 1944, under Capt. Eric E. Winquist’s command, with the hull number APA-214 and it served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on July 29, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in California, Okinawa, San Pedro, Leyte, Saipan, San Francisco, Kerama Retto, Dulag, and Ulithi. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 1, 1958. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Natrona received 1 battle star.
Throughout most of the 20th Century, asbestos-containing materials were used on Navy ships due to their thermal and electrical resistance, and non-inflammability. Exposure to asbestos may cause asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Usually, the symptoms of these diseases do not appear until about 15 to 40 years after the first exposure to asbestos.