The USS Atlanta (CL-51) was an Atlanta-class light cruiser laid down on April 22, 1940, and launched on September 6, the following year. It was commissioned on December 24, 1941, under Capt. Samuel P. Jenkins’ command with the hull number CL-51 and served in the U.S. Navy for 1 year until it was sunk by torpedoes on November 13, 1942. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 673 people on board and had its main missions in Oahu, Midway Atoll, Tonga, New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, Espiritu Santo, and Santa Cruz. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Atlanta received 5 battle stars. If inhaled, asbestos fibers can disrupt the normal functioning of the lungs. The fibers travel through the body, where they can become stuck within tissues, resulting in cancer or other serious illnesses. Three specific diseases – asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma – have been linked to asbestos exposure. These diseases usually do not develop until years after initial inhalation of asbestos fibers. If you or your family member is a Navy veteran and has been diagnosed with one of the above-mentioned diseases, we want to help.