The USS Lenoir (AKA-74) was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on September 7, 1944, and launched on November 6, the same year. It was commissioned on December 14, 1944, under Lt. Comdr. Marcus L. Whitford’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 13, 1946. It carried a complement of 247 men on board. During World War II, the ship operated in Norfolk, Eniwetok, Saipan, Hagushi, Okinawa, and Guam. After decommissioning, the USS Lenoir returned to the Maritime Commission. On October 1, 1947, the ship was sold to Lykes Brothers Steamship where it was renamed SS Margaret Lykes. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have classified asbestos as a known human carcinogen; it can take 10 to 40 years after exposure for signs of disease caused by asbestos to appear. If you believe you were exposed to the mineral while serving aboard the USS Lenoir (AKA-74), you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, and pain and suffering.