The USS Marblehead (CL-12) was an Omaha-class light cruiser laid down on August 4, 1920, and launched on October 9, 1923. It was commissioned on November 3, 1923, under Capt. Chauncey Shackford’s command with the hull number CL-12 and served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years until it was decommissioned on November 1, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 458 people on board and had its main missions in Boston, Samoa, Galapagos, Nicaragua, Pearl Harbor, Shanghai, Manila, Tarakan, Makassar Strait and Bahia. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 28, 1945, and sold for scrapping in 1946. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Marblehead received 2 battle stars.
The primary route of exposure to asbestos fibers is inhalation. Shortly after inhalation, the asbestos fibers which attached themselves to tissue start producing increasingly inflammation and scarring, and ultimately they will affect the lungs extensively. Asbestos fibers can cause genetic and cellular damage over the years, leading to lung cancer.