The USS Corvus (AKA-26) was an Artemis-class attack cargo ship launched on September 24, 1944. It was commissioned on November 20, the same year under Comdr. C. M. Gregson’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on March 29, 1946. It carried a complement of 303 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in San Francisco, Leyte, the Philippines, Okinawa, and Tinian and it participated only in World War II. After the decommissioning, the USS Corvus was transferred to the Maritime Commission on October 31, 1946. It received 1 battle star for the activity during World War II. If asbestos becomes airborne or dust-like, it can be breathed into the lungs and deposited there. Asbestos particles in the lungs can cause life-threatening diseases that can take decades to develop symptoms after exposure. Although the harm caused is not apparent at first, asbestos exposure can lead to diseases including mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer.