The USS Houston (CL/CA-30) was a Northampton-class cruiser laid down on May 1, 1928, and launched on September 7, the following year. It was commissioned on June 17, 1930, under Capt. Jesse Bishop Gay’s command as CA-30 and served in the U.S. Navy for 12 years until it sank in the Battle of Sunda Strait on March 1, 1942. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 785 people on board and had its main missions in San Francisco, Alaska, Panay Island, Annapolis, Pensacola, Makassar Strait, Java, and Tjilatjap. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Houston received 2 battle stars.
Asbestos was used as a fire retardant material in many areas aboard the ship, including non-skid flooring on decks, on bulk headwalls, boiler rooms, damage control area, pump room, crew berthing space, mess deck, and wardroom. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard USS Houston (CL/CA-30), you may still be at risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses, in which case you should schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible and request a chest X-ray or CT scan.