The USS Oklahoma (BB-37) was a Nevada-class battleship laid down on October 26, 1912, and launched two years later on March 23, 1914, with the hull number BB-37. The ship received the name of Oklahoma, the 46th state of America, it was commissioned on May 2, 1916, and carried a complement of 1,398 men. Due to its construction period, the vessel was able to participate both in World War I and in World War II. During World War I, the ship served as a member of Battleship Division 6. When the war ended, the ship served in the United States Battle and Scouting Fleet. During World War II, the ship took part in the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. The incident led to the ship’s sinking and the death of 429 men. On September 1, 1944, the vessel was decommissioned after it served in the US Navy for 28 years. Veterans diagnosed with diseases caused by asbestos exposure during military service may be eligible for VA disability benefits. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Oklahoma (BB-37), you may have to undergo a VA medical examination so that the VA doctor can determine if there is a relationship between your illness and asbestos exposure. Surviving spouses and children of a service member who developed an asbestos-related condition during military service may also be able to file a claim for compensation.