The USS Arcturus (AKA-1) was an Arcturus-class attack cargo ship laid down on July 26, 1938, and launched on May 18, the next year with the hull number AKA-1. It was commissioned on October 26, 1940, under Comdr. Russell C. Bartman’s command and served in the US Navy for 6 years until it was decommissioned on April 3, 1946. It carried a complement of 267 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in North Africa, Salerno, southern France, and Okinawa. It was struck from the Navy List on June 5, 1946. Asbestos is a mineral fiber resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals. Because of its miraculous properties, asbestos was widely used in the 20th century in many industries, including the shipbuilding industry for much of the 1900s because of the mineral’s fireproofing and insulation properties. Over the years, however, many Navy veterans who worked around asbestos have developed mesothelioma, a form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lung and nearby tissues. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you are entitled to file a claim that is likely to bring you substantial financial compensation.