The USS Kasaan Bay (CVE-69) was a Casablanca-class escort carrier launched on August 20, 1942. It was commissioned on December 4, the following year with the hull number CVE-69 under Capt. B. E. Grow’s command and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on July 6, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 856 men on board and had its main missions in Saipan, San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Guam, Ulithi, and Norfolk. After the decommissioning, the ship was sold for scrapping on February 2, 1960. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Kasaan Bay received 1 battle star.
From wrapping steam lines and pipe fittings to fireproofing ships, bulkheads, hatches, insulation between decks, asbestos products were abundant in shipyards and naval vessels. Many servicemen came in direct contact with asbestos products, and where overhaul or repair of the ships occurred, asbestos dust and particles were present and contaminated whole ships.