Stuff You Should Know
Although there is another ship named USS Hornet in the history of the US Navy, this one is the first, being commissioned in 1941. Built in Newport News, Virginia, this Yorktown-class aircraft carrier had the hull number CV-8. It is famous for launching the first attack against Japanese home islands during the World War II. For this brave act, it received a Presidential Unit Citation in the Battle of Midway. The ship carried almost 100 aircraft and over 2,900 officers on board. Unfortunately, the ship was sunk during the war and lost 140 people of its crew in 1942. Another sad fact is that many of the veterans who completed their service on the vessel got sick following intoxication with asbestos. This was possible because a large number of the elements from the ship contained asbestos. These elements included turbines, pumps, valves, the engine and boiler rooms and even electrical components. Because these elements emanated poisoned air, the crew inhaled it and many of them got mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer, which manifests itself especially in the lung area. Sick veterans have the right to sue the companies which provided those elements, as no one was warned regarding the risk of getting sick because of this.