The USS Wrangell (AE-12) was a Mount Hood-class ammunition ship laid down as SS Midnight in February 1944. Soon, the name of the ship was changed into USS Wrangell and was commissioned on October 10, 1944, under Comdr. Haskell C. Todd's command. It started to sail to the Panama Canal, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, and Japanese islands. During its activity, it loaded over 50 ships for battle. For the services brought to the country during the 2 wars, World War II and the Vietnam War, the ship received 8 battle stars. Any Navy veteran who was honorably discharged from the military is eligible for VA benefits. These include disability benefits, health care, compensation for medical expenses, and survivor benefits for family members, also called dependency or indemnity compensation. Servicemen and women who developed lung cancer and other life-threatening conditions as a result of asbestos exposure can apply for these benefits directly through the VA.