The USS Sevier (APA-233) was a Haskell-class attack transport laid down on October 4, 1944, and launched on November 16, the same year. It was commissioned on December 5, 1944, under Capt. A. R. Ponto’s command, with the hull number APA-233 and it served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on April 30, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Saipan, Yokosuka, Okinawa, San Francisco, Manila, and Eniwetok. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on June 23, 1947 and sold for scrapping in 1980. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Sevier received 2 battle stars. The fibrous mineral was extensively used in the construction of ships, barracks, and other structures, equipment such as tanks, repair of vehicles and aircraft, weaponry, and clothing - nearly anything service members touched, used or wore. As a result, malignant and non-malignant asbestos-related conditions are rampant among those who served. The main reasons for this extensive use were because asbestos was very cheap to mine and manufacture into materials for the armed forces, and because it has the remarkable ability to resists heat, fire, chemical, and biological break-down.