The USS Barnes (AVG-20/ACV-20/CVE-20) was a Bogue-class escort aircraft carrier laid down on January 19, 1942, and launched on May 2, the following year. It was commissioned on February 20, 1943 under Capt. Cato Douglas Glover’s command with the hull number CVE-20 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on August 29, 1946. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on March 1, 1959, and subsequently sold for scrapping. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Barnes received 3 battle stars.
Veterans who endured years of unsafe work environments in asbestos-contaminated Naval ships, including destroyers, battleships, carriers, frigates, tenders, and cruisers, are eligible for compensation from one or more of the several trust funds created for victims of asbestos exposure, and also through the Department of Veterans Affairs, if they can prove that exposure to asbestos increased the risk of developing an asbestos-related disease.