The USS Ommaney Bay (CVE-79) was a Casablanca-class escort carrier laid down on October 6, 1943, and launched on December 29, the same year. It was commissioned on February 11, 1944, with the hull number CVE-79 under Capt. Howard L. Young’s command and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was struck by a kamikaze aircraft on 4 January 1945. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 916 men on board and had its main missions in Manus, Astoria, Puget Sound, and San Diego.
Asbestos was a popular material within shipyards, used to insulate hulls, pipes, incinerators, and boilers and in materials such as gaskets, valves, and cement throughout the ship. Those who also worked in the vicinity of those who repaired and maintained asbestos-containing materials were at risk high for exposure to asbestos fibers. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Ommaney Bay (CVE-79), you may be entitled to compensation that can help cover your medical bills for treatment.