The USS Augusta (CL/CA-31) was a Northampton-class cruiser laid down on July 2, 1928, and launched on February 1, 1930. It was commissioned on January 30, the following year under Capt. James O. Richardson’s command as CA-31 and served in the U.S. Navy for 15 years until it decommissioned on July 16, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 795 people on board and had its main missions in Boston, Bermuda, Guantanamo, Annapolis, Philadelphia, and the Canal Zone. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959, and sold for scrapping the same year to Robert Benjamin in Panama, Florida. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Augusta received 3 battle stars. Asbestos is a fibrous material made up of microscopic fibers that cannot be seen, smelt, or tasted. This can become a serious danger to your health as once they’re inside your body the fibers can lodge and become trapped in the lungs and other areas. These trapped fibers can cause life-threatening diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Augusta (CL/CA-31), you may be entitled to monetary compensation.