The USS Ara (AK-136) was a cargo ship belonging to the Crater-class that was used by the US Navy in World War II. Throughout the war, the USS Ara delivered troops and cargo in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. It was laid down at the California Shipbuilding Corporation’s shipyards in Terminal Island, California as the Liberty Ship SS Daniel Boone and launched in January 1942. The ship was responsible for delivering cargo from Pearl Harbor to various ports in the Marshall Islands and later troops in the Philippines. It was decommissioned in Norfolk, Virginia in late November 1945 and reallocated to the War Shipping Administration. The vessel remained in the reserve fleet, James River Group until October 1971 and then sold to a Spanish private company for scrapping. When materials containing asbestos are damaged, repaired, or removed improperly, the asbestos fibers are released into the air where they can be easily inhaled. If you are having symptoms of an asbestos-related disease such as chest tightness, chest pain, shortness of breath, a persistent cough, or tiredness, it’s important to see a doctor and get a diagnosis. Once you have a diagnosis a legal professional may be able to help you proceed with a claim, even if your exposure was many years ago.