The USS Concord (CL-10) was an Omaha-class light cruiser laid down on March 29, 1920, and launched on December 15, the following year. It was commissioned on November 3, 1923, under Capt. Orin G. Murfin’s command with the hull number CL-10 and served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years until it was decommissioned on December 12, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 458 people on board and had its main missions in Balboa, the Suez Canal, Pearl Harbor, Bora Bora, Adak, and Ominato. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 8, 1946, and sold for scrapping in 1947. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Concord received 1 battle star. While serving the country within the U.S. Navy, military firefighters were at risk of asbestos exposure because of its frequent use in naval structures and its ability to linger in the air even after a fire has been extinguished. Firefighters were often exposed to the fibers after they become airborne as a result of the fire itself and structural deterioration or failure. Moreover, they wore protective gear and clothing that contained asbestos.