The USS Lassen (AE-3) was a Lassen-class ammunition ship launched on January 10, 1940, and commissioned on November 27, 1941, under Commander Russell S. Berkey's command. It served in the US Navy for 6 years, before being decommissioned on January 15, 1947. The ship was struck from the Naval Register on July 1, 1961, and scrapped. Before World War II started, the ship carried ammunition along the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts of the US. It conducted operations in New Caledonia for several months between 1942 and 1943, arrived back in San Francisco on January 23, 1943, for repairs and upgrades and started again with missions from Espiritu Santo to the Navy fleet located in South Pacific. If you were exposed to asbestos as part of your military duty, you are eligible to receive monetary compensation through one or more of the established asbestos trust funds as well as VA claims. When filing a claim for compensation, you might consider consulting with an experienced attorney. He/she can help you ensure all your paperwork is in order and also can help you with an appeal if your original application gets denied.