The USS Flint (CL-97) was an Atlanta-class light cruiser laid down on August 1, 1941, and launched on January 25, 1944. It was commissioned on August 31, the same year under Capt. C. R. Will’s command with the hull number CL-97 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on May 6, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 688 people on board and had its main missions in Luzon, Taiwan, Ulithi, Leyte, Tokyo, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Eniwetok, Kwajalein, Honshu, and Yokosuka. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 1, 1965, and sold for scrapping in 1966. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Flint received 6 battle stars. The history of asbestos extends back to ancient times, but in the U.S. industries, the toxic mineral was prevalent during the middle decades of the 20th century. Asbestos, now qualified as a human carcinogen, was commonly used by the Navy in a wide range of shipbuilding materials. If you built, repaired, or served onboard the USS Flint (CL-97), you may be entitled to VA benefits in addition to compensation from asbestos trust funds.