The USS Lacerta (AKA-29) was an Artemis-class attack cargo ship laid down on July 5, 1944, and launched on October 28, the same year. It was commissioned on December 19, 1944, under Comdr. Louis Funkenstein’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on March 25, 1946. It carried a complement of 302 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, Solomon Islands, Saipan, Manila, Yokohama, and Tsingtao and it participated only in World War II. After decommissioning, the USS Lacerta was transferred to the Maritime Commission. It received 1 battle star for the activity during World War II. Exposure to asbestos can cause serious, long-term health problems. Unfortunately, the dangers of asbestos exposure were not fully understood years ago. As a result, many Navy veterans and the workmen that repaired and refitted Navy ships while in port, unknowingly breathed in harmful asbestos fibers. If you or a loved one developed an asbestos-related disease, you deserve to be compensated for the pain and suffering the effects of asbestos exposure caused you.