The USS Point Cruz (CVE-119) was a Commencement Bay-class escort carrier laid down on December 4, 1944, and launched on May 18, the following year. It was commissioned on October 16, 1945, as CVE-119 under Commander Douglas T. Day’s command and served in the US Navy for 10 years until it was decommissioned on October 16, 1969. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 1066 people on board and had its main missions in Puget Sound, Bremerton, San Diego, Sasebo, Yokosuka, and Long Beach. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 15, 1970, and sold for scrapping a year later.
Asbestos has been especially valued as an insulating material because of its durability, nonconductivity, and heat resistance, since the beginning of the century. Its use in shipbuilding began in the 1930s and was extended during World War II. If you suffer from a disease caused by exposure to asbestos and you are also a Navy veteran, you deserve fair compensation.