The USS Block Island (CVE-106) was a Commencement Bay-class escort carrier launched on June 10, 1944. It was commissioned on December 30, the same year with the hull number CVE-106 under Capt. F. M. Hughes’ command and served in the US Navy for 10 years until it was decommissioned on August 27, 1954. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 1066 men on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Leyte, Borneo, Okinawa, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Guam, and Formosa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1959, and sold for scrapping the following year. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Block Island received 2 battle stars. The latency period between the time of initial asbestos exposure and presentation of specific asbestos-related symptoms such as shortness of breath, tightness in your chest, and persistent cough, can be decades, so many of our Navy veterans are just now receiving a mesothelioma, asbestosis, or lung cancer diagnosis. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Block Island (CVE-106) go to the doctor right away; describe your symptoms and the exposure scenario. If an asbestos-induced condition is caught in its early stages, treatment options and outcomes do improve.