The USS Houston (CL-81) was a Cleveland-class light cruiser launched on June 19, 1943. It was commissioned on December 20, the same year under Capt. William W. Behrens’ command with the hull number CL-81 and served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on December 15, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had its main missions in Newport, Boston, Guantanamo, Naples, Taranto, and Long Beach. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 30, 1978, and sold for scrapping to the National Steel Corporation in Terminal Island two years later. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Houston received 2 bronze stars and another 6 campaign stars. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Houston (CL-81), then you should speak to your GP for advice. If you are found to be suffering from an asbestos-related disease, such as pleural thickening, asbestosis, asbestos-related lung cancer, or mesothelioma, we can put you in touch with experienced attorneys that can help you get the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.