The USS Makin Island (CVE-93) was a Casablanca-class escort carrier laid down on January 12, 1944, and launched on April 5, the same year. It was commissioned on May 9, 1944, with the hull number CVE-93 under Capt. W. B. Whaley’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on April 19, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 916 men on board and had its main missions in Ulithi, Eniwetok, Iwo Jima, Leyte, Shanghai, and San Diego. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 11, 1946, and sold for scrapping to Hyman Michaels Corporation in San Diego. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Makin Island received 5 battle stars. People most heavily exposed to asbestos between World War II and the late-1970s, include Navy personnel involved in the construction of naval warships or the repair or removal of damaged asbestos materials on board. Because of this, many Navy veterans are now forced to deal with the burden of diseases attributable to exposure to asbestos. Exposure to the microscopic fibers found in asbestos causes serious illnesses that can affect the lungs, the heart, and other organs.