The SS A.J. Cermak was a Liberty Ship built by the United States during World War II and named after the 34th Mayor of Chicago who was assassinated in 1933. The ship was laid down on 9 November 1943, under a Maritime Commission contract, by the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore, Maryland; and was launched on 30 November 1943 and survived the war. It was scrapped in 1964.
US Navy veterans, who were exposed to asbestos during their military service, are at risk of developing asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other asbestos-related diseases. The latency period for asbestos cancer can be 10-40 years after your initial exposure. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the SS A.J. Cermak you can receive compensation and medical treatment through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its health care system.