The USS Chenango (CVE-28) was a Sangamon-class escort carrier laid down on July 10, 1938, and launched on April 1, the following year. It was commissioned on June 20, 1941, as AO-31 under Commander W. H. Mays’ command and served in the US Navy for 5 years until it was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959. Later, it was reclassified as CVE-28 and CVHE-28. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 1080 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, San Pedro, San Diego, Espiritu Santo, Tarawa, Roi, and Eniwetok. After the striking, the ship was sold for scrapping. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Chenango received 11 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation.
If you worked in the U.S. Navy from the 1930s to the early 1980sthen you are in a high-risk category for exposure to asbestos. There are multiple types of benefits for Navy veterans who have developed asbestos-related diseases as a result of their service, including disability compensation, health care, pensions and educational programs. Some benefits are also available for dependents and spouses.