The USS Natoma Bay (CVE-62) was a Casablanca-class escort carrier laid down on January 17, 1943, and launched on July 20, the same year. It was commissioned on October 14, 1943, with the hull number CVE-62 under Capt. Harold L. Meadow’s command and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on May 20, 1946. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 1, 1958, and sold for scrapping on July 30, the following year. The U.S. Navy used asbestos in unprecedented quantities during World War II and the wars in Korea and Vietnam. Consequently, most asbestos exposure cases likely occurred between the mid-‘40s to the late ‘70s, during the height of asbestos use. Since symptoms for asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, or lung cancer can take 30 to 40 years or more to develop, many Navy veterans are just now having their conditions diagnosed. If you or a family member once served in the U.S. Navy and have received an asbestos-related diagnosis, you are entitled to file a claim that is likely to bring you compensation consisting of payment of medical bills and treatments for the pain and suffering they endured as a result of their condition.