The USS Oregon City (CA-122) was an Oregon City-class heavy cruiser laid down on April 8, 1944, and launched on June 9, the following year. It was commissioned on February 16, 1946, under Capt. Burtnett Kent Culver’s command as CA-122 and served in the U.S. Navy for one year until it was decommissioned on December 15, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,142 people on board and had its main missions in Boston, Bermuda, Guantanamo, Annapolis, Philadelphia, and the Canal Zone. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on November 1, 1970, and sold for scrapping in 1973 to Union Minerals and Alloys Corporation in New York. In the middle of the 20th century, asbestos demand peaked and the hardy asbestos fibers were mixed into hundreds of products and applications such as fireproofing, streamlines, pumps, boilers, condensers, evaporators, distillers, turbines, deck material, and electrical components used on U.S. Navy ships. If you worked on Navy ships during or after World War II, it’s highly likely you were exposed to asbestos, and consequently, you are eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds and VA claims.