The USS Mississippi (BB-41) was a New Mexico-class battleship laid down on April 5, 1915, and launched two years later on January 25, 1917, with the hull number BB-41. The ship received the name of Mississippi, the 20th state of America, it was commissioned on December 18, 1917, and carried a complement of 1,081 people on board. Due to its construction period, the vessel wasn’t able to participate in World War I and it participated in training exercises off Virginia, Gulf of Guacanayabo. During World War II, the ship had its main missions in Fiji Islands, Pearl Harbor, Aleutian Islands, Kiska Island, Gilbert Islands, Marshall Islands, Palau Islands, Philippine Islands, Admiralty Islands, Okinawa, and Tokyo Bay. On September 17, 1956, the vessel was decommissioned after it served in the U.S. Navy for 39 years. For the services brought to the USA during World War II, the ship received 8 battle stars and many awards. Veterans of the United States face countless risks in the line of duty. But one risk that many - especially for Navy veterans who served between World War II and the 1970s - is asbestos exposure. If you or a loved one served in the United States Navy and experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, persistent cough, and tightness in your chest, you may be entitled to benefits through the VA.