The USS Nokomis (YT-142/YTB-142/YTM-142) was a Woban-class harbor tug built in Bremerton, Wash, and assigned to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1940. The ship was present during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941. It was the first vessel on scene at the USS Arizona and was called off by the officers on deck because of the imminent explosion of the battery below deck. Post-war, the USS Nokomis (YT-142) continued serving Pearl Harbor ships until it was decommissioned in May 1973, and eventually sold for scrap to Crowley, in San Francisco. Asbesots was prized throughout the 20th century for a range of industrial uses because of its resistance to heat and chemicals. Asbestos exposure has been linked to a variety of respiratory and lung illnesses, including mesothelioma, a fatal cancer of the lining of the lungs (also known as pleural mesothelioma) or stomach (peritoneal mesothelioma). A tiny proportion of cases also involve the heart (pericardial mesothelioma). If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving in the Navy, it is critical that you see your primary care physician immediately to better understand your treatment choices and potential prognosis.