The USS Portland (CA-33) was a Portland-class cruiser laid down on February 17, 1930, and launched on May 21, 1932. It was commissioned on February 23, the following year under Capt. Herbert F. Leary’s command as CA-33 and served in the U.S. Navy for 13 years until it decommissioned on July 12, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 848 people during wartime and 4 aircraft onboard and had its main missions in Midway, Ulithi, Pearl Harbor, Buckner Bay, Lingayen Gulf and Okinawa. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959, and sold for scrapping the same year. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Portland received 16 battle stars. Even though some asbestos-related diseases are difficult to detect, it really is in the best interest of Navy veterans to take advantage of early screening opportunities. When these illnesses are caught early enough, experienced doctors can use a variety of treatments, including surgery, radiation, and chemo, to halt the disease progression and extend the veteran’s life. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Portland (CA-33), you or your family could be eligible to file a claim for compensation with an asbestos trust fund and the VA.