The USS Duluth (CL-87) was a Cleveland-class light cruiser laid down on November 9, 1942, and launched on January 13, 1944. It was commissioned on September 18, 1944, under Capt. Donald Roderick Osborn’s command with the hull number CL-87 and served in the U.S. Navy for 5 years until it was decommissioned on June 25, 1949. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had its main missions in Newport, Norfolk, Pearl Harbor, Guam, Tokyo Bay, Seattle, San Pedro, Melbourne, Sydney, Truk, Manila, and Kodiak. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold in 1960. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Duluth received 2 battle stars. According to doctors and researchers, it does not take a significant amount of asbestos exposure to increase a person’s risk of developing asbestos-related diseases. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they can become lodged in your lungs and remain there, causing scarring and inflammation. Long periods of exposure to high concentrations of asbestos in the air can be harmful to your health. It could increase your risk of getting a variety of diseases such as colon/rectal cancer, throat/esophageal cancer, lung cancer, bronchial cancer, mesothelioma, and other types of pulmonary diseases.