The USS Ostara (AKA-33) was an Artemis-class attack cargo ship laid down on October 13, 1944, and launched on December 21, the same year. It was commissioned on January 31, 1945, under Comdr. Alfred St. Martin’s command and served in the US Navy for 1 year until it was decommissioned on March 1, 1946. It carried a complement of 303 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, the Marianas, Eniwetok, Saipan, San Diego, Leyte, Manila, and Okinawa and it participated only in World War II. After decommissioning, the USS Ostara was struck from the Naval Register on April 17, 1946, and it was scrapped in 1965. Asbestos was considered by many to be a miracle mineral until its serious health hazards came to light in the early 1970s. Asbestos companies knew as early as the 1930s that their products were killing people. Thousands of unsuspecting Navy veterans have been exposed to asbestos throughout the years. If you are a Navy veteran that served on the USS Ostara (AKA-33) and your health has been affected by a condition provoked by asbestos, you can pursue compensation from both asbestos trust funds and the VA.