The USS New Jersey (BB-62) was an Iowa-class battleship laid down on September 16, 1940, and launched on December 7, 1942. It was first commissioned on May 23, 1943, under Capt. Carl F. Holden’s command with the hull number BB-62 and served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years until it was decommissioned for the last time on February 8, 1991. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 1,921 men on board and had its main missions in New York, San Pedro, Hawaii, Yokosuka, Pearl Harbor, the Marshalls, the Philippines, and Okinawa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on January 4, 1999, and subsequently used as a museum ship. For the services brought to the country during its activity, the USS New Jersey received 19 battle stars and many awards. Asbestos’s strength, flexibility, and heat resistance made it the answer to everything the military needed. Leading up to World War II, the miraculous mineral became even more of a necessity. Navy veterans who were diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases may be eligible for VA compensation. Financial help is also available to families who have lost loved ones due to a disease caused by inhaling asbestos fibers.