The USS Quincy (CA-71) was a Baltimore-class heavy cruiser laid down on October 9, 1941, and launched on June 23, 1943. It was commissioned on December 15, the same year under Capt. Elliot M. Senn’s command as CA-71 and served in the U.S. Navy for 11 years until it was decommissioned on July 2, 1954. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,142 people on board and had its main missions in Boston, Pearl Harbor, Bremerton, Honshu, Ulithi, Sagami Wan, Tokyo Bay, Okinawa, Dhahran, Malta, and North Africa. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on October 1, 1973, and sold for scrapping to American Ship Dismantling Corporation the following year. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Quincy received 4 battle stars. Exposure to asbestos causes problems that are slow to develop and can take more than 20 years to become physically obvious. It is important to note that in order to qualify for compensation as a veteran, you must have been exposed to asbestos while serving in the military and must have been discharged honorably, as these are the requirements of the VA for filing a claim for disability compensation.