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USS Bataan was a light aircraft carrier who served the US Navy in November 1943. It was an Independence-class vessel with the hull number CVL-29. Built in Camden, New Jersey, it carried 156 officers and 1,372 men in its crew, but also 33 aircraft. During its duty, it received six battle stars for fighting against Japan and it was decommissioned in 1954. The place that contained asbestos on this ship was the engine and the boiler spaces, the valves, the turbines and the electrical components. The manufacturers knew about these toxic components but they chose not to say anything about this matter. The victims got intoxicated due to the poorly ventilated air that determined an environment with high concentrations of airborne asbestos fibers.