The USS Paricutin (AE-18) was a 459-foot long ammunition ship laid down on December 7, 1944, and launched on January 30, 1945. It was commissioned on March 3, 1945, and received the mission to carry the excess of ammunition from the forward areas in the Pacific to Bangor, Washington, and Port Chicago. After 2 years, it became inactive and on April 30, 1948, the ship was decommissioned. The Korean War triggered the activation of the vessel and, on July 28, 1950, the USS Paricutin was recommissioned. The ship started immediately its mission to Japan to carry ammunition for ships located on both coasts of Korea. On June 1, 1973, the USS Paricutin was struck from the Naval Register. Navy veterans were unaware of the risks posed by asbestos exposure until after their military service. Some of them heard about fellow servicemen who developed an asbestos-related disease and suspected they too would eventually develop it. If you are a veteran, or dependent of a veteran that was exposed to asbestos during service and became ill, you may seek financial compensation by filing asbestos-related claims against asbestos trusts.