The USS Astoria (CL-90) was a Cleveland-class light cruiser laid down on September 6, 1941, and launched on March 6, 1943. It was commissioned on May 17, 1944, under Capt. George Carroll Dyer’s command with the hull number CL-90 and served in the U.S. Navy for 5 years until it was decommissioned on July 1, 1949. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had its main missions in Panama, Yokosuka, San Francisco, Sasebo, Tsingtao, Guam, Pearl Harbor, Pusan, and San Pedro. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 1, 1969, and sold for scrapping in 1971 to the Nicolai Joffe Corporation in Beverly Hills. The wide use of asbestos - a silicate mineral, mined from the earth in much the same way as any other mineral - over thousands of years is due to its resistance to heat and chemicals. It’s common knowledge that asbestos is very toxic, especially following prolonged exposure. The health effects of exposure to asbestos arise from the retention of very small fibers of asbestos in the lungs. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Astoria received 5 battle stars.