The USS Mindoro (CVE-120) was a Commencement Bay-class escort carrier laid down on January 2, 1945, and launched on June 27, the same year. It was commissioned on December 4, 1945, under Commander Edwin R. Peck’s command and served in the US Navy for 10 years until it was decommissioned on August 4, 1955. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 1060 people on board and had its main missions in Norfolk, the West Indies, New England, Cuba, North America, Davis Strait, the Caribbean, the British Isles, and Boston. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List in June 1960 and sold for scrapping in Hong Kong a year later.
Once inhaled, highly toxic, microscopic asbestos fibers remain inside the body, causing inflammation, scarring and eventually genetic damage to the body’s cells. If you have any of the symptoms attributable to an asbestos-related disease, and you are also a Navy veteran, you should visit your GP as soon as possible. These symptoms would usually include breathlessness, chest pain, persistent coughing, wheezing, loss of appetite and weight loss.