The USS Idaho (BB-42) was a New Mexico-class battleship laid down on January 20, 1915, and launched two years later on June 30, 1917, with the hull number BB-42. The ship received the name of Idaho, the 43rd state of America, it was commissioned on March 24, 1919, and carried a complement of 1,081 people on board. During World War II, the ship joined the Pacific Fleet and conducted additional battle exercises in California. The main missions were in Attu, Kiska, Gilbert Islands, Makin Atoll, Marshal Islands, Kavieng, Saipan, Guam, Peleliu, Espiritu Santo, Okinawa, and Tokyo Bay. On July 3, 1946, the vessel was decommissioned after it served in the US Navy for 27 years. For the services brought to the USA during World War II, the ship received 7 battle stars and many awards. Any service member on this or any similar Navy vessel commissioned before 1970 was likely exposed to asbestos. This carcinogen could be found in virtually all areas of the ship, including plumbing, turbines, engine rooms, boilers, fire doors, floor and ceiling tiles, and wall insulation. If you or someone you love suffers from the harmful effects of asbestos, you may be entitled to monetary compensation through asbestos trust funds as well as VA claims.