The USS Centaurus (AKA-17) was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship launched on September 3, 1943, with the hull number AKA-17. It was commissioned on October 21, 1943, under Capt. G. E. McCabe’s command and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on April 30, 1946. It carried a complement of 247 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, Kwajalein Atoll, the Marshall Islands, Manus, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Marianas, Guam, Espiritu Santo, Palau Islands, and Okinawa. It returned to the Maritime Commission on September 11, 1946. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Centaurus received 6 battle stars. Inhalation of tiny asbestos fibers can result in fibers spreading throughout the body, getting trapped and causing inflammation, irritation, scarring, and cancer. If you built, repaired, or served onboard the USS Centaurus (AKA-17) and have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, you should seek compensation for the costs of medical care.