The USS Card was a Bogue-class escort aircraft carrier laid down on October 27, 1941, and launched on February 27, the following year. It was commissioned on November 8, 1942, under Capt. J. B. Sykes’ command with the hull number CVE-11 and served in the US Navy for 16 years until it was decommissioned on March 10, 1970. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on September 15, 1970, and subsequently sold for scrapping. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Card received 3 battle stars and a Presidential Unit Citation, and many other awards for the activity during the Vietnam War.
If you served in the Navy prior to 1980 and worked directly with boilers, you’re are at high-risk due to the asbestos that was used to insulate and protect boilers and boiler rooms. Boiler operators often had to physically remove and replace asbestos boards and blanket insulation that covered the boiler walls in order to perform their repairs. They also had to chisel away frayed asbestos rope packing from valve stems before they could replace it with new asbestos packing material.