The USS Raccoon (IX-127) was a U.S. Navy tanker belonging to the Armadillo-class that served from February 1944 until decommissioned in July 1946. During the war, the ship served with the Third Fleet at Espiritu Santo, carrying lube oil drums, and later, as a fueling station at Purvis Bay. It was later sent to Saipan for harbor fueling duty where it remained until the end of the war. Once the war was over, the ship sailed to Norfolk, Virginia to be placed out of commission and it was transferred back to the War Shipping Administration.
Asbestos gained popularity among industries such as shipbuilding, due to its resistance to chemicals and heat - and also for its cheap cost. Despite these perks, many signs pointed to asbestos exposure posing a danger to Navy service members. Today, the companies of the past owe it to the Navy veterans and their families to ensure that they are compensated for their suffering.