The USS Ottawa (AKA-101) was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on October 5, 1944, and launched on November 29, the same year. It was commissioned the next year under Lt. Comdr. Jackson Mizell’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on January 10, 1947. It carried a complement of 425 men on board and operated in the Canal Zone, the Panama Canal, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Maui, San Pedro, Eniwetok, and Okinawa. After decommissioning, the USS Ottawa was struck from the Navy List on March 11, 1947. Decades ago it was established that world’s industrial giants were using asbestos in their products despite their knowledge of its lethal health risks. As more people began to file lawsuits and companies were unable to satisfy their financial liabilities, asbestos trust funds were created. It can take up to 50 years for symptoms to appear after the initial asbestos exposure, so even if you came in contact with this harmful mineral several decades ago during your military service, you qualify for financial compensation from asbestos trust funds and VA claims.