The USS Marcus Island (CVE-77) was a Casablanca-class escort carrier laid down on September 15, 1943, and launched on December 16, the same year. It was commissioned on January 26, 1944, with the hull number CVE-77 under Capt. Charles F. Greber’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on 12 December 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 916 men on board and had its main missions in Manus, San Diego, Palaus, Pearl Harbor, Leyte, Mindanao, and Alameda. After the decommissioning, the ship was sold for scrapping to Comarket, Inc. in Boston on February 29, 1960. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Marcus Island received 4 battle stars. From the early 1930s to the mid to late 1970s, naval shipyards used hundreds of tons of asbestos to build and repair maritime vessels. Anyone who served onboard the USS Marcus Island (CVE-77) was put at risk of developing severe illnesses like lung cancer, bronchial cancer, mesothelioma, esophageal cancer, throat cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and colorectal cancer. Navy service members exposed to asbestos during service and decades later have been diagnosed with one of these conditions qualify immediately for financial compensations.