The USS Oberon was an Arcturus-class attack cargo ship launched on March 18, 1942. It was commissioned on June 15, 1942, under Comdr. Ion Purcell’s command and served in the US Navy for 13 years until it was decommissioned on June 27, 1955. It carried a complement of 494 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Fedhala, French Morocco, Hampton Roads, New Caledonia, New Hebrides, Sicily, Salerno, the Philippines, Leyte, and Okinawa and it participated both in World War II and the Korean War. It was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1960. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Oberon received 6 battle stars and another 5 for the activity during the Korean War. Despite asbestos being banned in the late 1970s, cases of asbestos-related diseases continue to escalate, due to the often long period of time between exposure and the onset of symptoms. Considered a miracle mineral, asbestos was commonly used as a fire retardant and insulation material until the 1970s. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Oberon, you might be eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds and VA claims.