USNS Sgt. Andrew Miller T-AK-242

The Radcliffe Victory was laid down on February22, 1945 by the Permanente Metals Corp., in Richmond, California. It was sponsored by Mrs. Charles H. Owen and launched on April 4, 1945.  The Radcliffe Victory was renamed the Sgt Andrew Miller on October 31, 1947 after brief duty in World War II.

Action in the Korean War

The Sgt Andrew Miller’s home port was in San Francisco, California. There, she loaded cargo for those being sent to Japan and Korea. She also delivered cargo to and from the japans islands and Hawaii. She made runs to the Central Pacific, the Aleutians, Inchon, Chinampo, and Yokohama.

After the War

In July of 1953, the Sgt Andrew Miller traveled to and from Japan and Korea and to other northern and central Pacific islands.  She participated in Operation Passage to Freedom and relocated Vietnamese citizens from Haiphong to Saigon. She voyaged to Taiwan, the Philippines, and Thailand. She joined the Pacific Military-Sealift-command felt in 1974 and was struck from the navy list on January 16, 1981.

Asbestos in Navy Ships

Although an essential component of the naval fleet, some auxiliary vessels also posed a lasting health risk to soldiers serving on them. Unfortunately, products containing asbestos were common, especially on older ships, because of the material’s high resistance to heat and fire. Despite its value as an insulator, asbestos fiber intake can lead to several serious health consequences, including mesothelioma, a devastating cancer without cure. Current and former military personnel who came into contact with these ships should seek immediate medical attention in order to detect possible health consequences associated with asbestos exposure.