Stuff You Should Know
This ship was commissioned in 1944 and was constructed with the purpose of serving within the American forces. Aircraft carrier, Essex-class, hull number CV-20 and a total capacity of more than 2,600 people on board, the USS Bennington was recommissioned as an attack carrier when the World War II ended. It attacked several Japanese targets during the WWII before being decommissioned in 1970. This ship is also known for the recovery mission of NASA’s Apollo 4. The crew that happened to be on board during his service was likely exposed to asbestos because some parts of the ship were built with asbestos. The companies that provided the elements to create the ship were aware of the devastating danger of asbestos on the human body, but kept silent. The consequence is alarming: thousands of veterans suffer nowadays from mesothelioma, a type of cancer.