The USS Pensacola (CA-24) was a Pensacola-class cruiser laid down on October 27, 1926, and launched on April 25, 1929. It was commissioned on February 6, the same year under Capt. Alfred G. Howe’s command as CA-24 and served in the U.S. Navy for 16 years until it was decommissioned on August 26, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 530 people during wartime and 4 aircraft onboard and had its main missions in Midway, Ulithi, Pearl Harbor, Manila, Palau Islands, and Okinawa. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Pensacola received 13 battle stars. Asbestos exposure often leads to aggressive forms of cancer, specifically mesothelioma and lung cancer, the symptoms of which are typically not evident for 10 to 40 years after contact with asbestos. Thus, Navy veterans exposed to asbestos may only now show symptoms or may not even be aware that they are ill because many think that symptoms like fatigue, loss of appetite, difficulty breathing, or unintentional weight loss are age-related. If you or a family member developed mesothelioma or lung cancer that may be linked to asbestos exposure during military service, you may be entitled to financial compensation.