The USS Galveston (CL-93/CLG-3) was a Cleveland-class light cruiser laid down on February 20, 1944, and launched on April 22, the following year. It was commissioned on May 28, 1958, under Capt. J. B. Colwell’s command with the hull number CL-93 and served in the U.S. Navy for 12 years until it was decommissioned in May 1970. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had its main missions in Cuba, Charleston, Norfolk, San Juan, Guantanamo, South Vietnam, Subic Bay, Okinawa, and the Panama Canal. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on December 21, 1973, and sold for scrapping in 1975.
The inhalation or ingestion of microscopic asbestos fibers can lead to serious health issues including malignant conditions such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. The risk of asbestos exposure was high as Navy personnel usually carried out a handful of duties while on the ship like cleaning areas with asbestos such as the ammunition deck, the boiler rooms, the combat information center, the bridge even the kitchen. Navy veterans diagnosed with one of these conditions can receive monetary compensation through one or more of the established asbestos trust funds as well as VA claims.