The USS Magpie (AMc-2) was a Firecrest-class coastal minesweeper launched in 1936. It was commissioned on March 28, 1941, and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on October 6, 1944. During its activity, the ship had its main missions within the 15th Naval District, removing the mines located in the minefields in the water so that other ships could pass safely. It operated from Balboa, Panama until San Diego, California. On December 22, 1944, the ship was struck from the Naval Register and delivered to the War Shipping Administration the following year on February 5. Because of its insulating and noise-canceling characteristics, coupled with its exceptional flame retardant qualities, asbestos was used as the insulation material of choice for a variety of equipment prior to the 1970s. Veterans who served in the U.S. Navy between 1930 and 1970 - particularly during and after WWII and the Korean War are at special risk of developing lung cancer, asbestosis, malignant mesothelioma and other illnesses caused by asbestos exposure.