The USS Juneau (CL-119) was the lead ship of the United States Navy Juneau-class cruisers laid down by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in Kearny, New Jersey, on 15 September 1944; launched on 15 July 1945; sponsored by Mrs. B. L. Bartlett; and commissioned 15 February 1946, Captain Rufus E. Rose in command. The ship spent its first year of commissioned service in operations along the Atlantic seaboard and Caribbean. Prior to the Korean War, it deployed three times in the Mediterranean. The ship was sold for scrapping to the Union Minerals and Alloys Corporation, New York in 1962. Asbestos fibers are inhaled through breathing and then accumulate in the tissue and the membrane lining of the lungs. Asbestos exposure has been linked to many cancers. Asbestos exposure also causes benign illnesses that can make it difficult for patients to breathe, like asbestosis, pleural plaques, diffuse pleural thickening, benign asbestos pleural effusions, and rounded atelectasis. Symptoms include shortness of breath, persistent dry cough, chest tightness and pain, fatigue, and loss of appetite.