The USS Salamaua (CVE-96) was a Casablanca-class escort carrier laid down on February 4, 1944, and launched on April 22, the same year. It was commissioned on May 26, 1944, with the hull number CVE-96 under Capt. Joseph I. Taylor’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on May 9, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 916 men on board and had its main missions in Leyte, Guam, the Palaus, San Diego, Okinawa, and Pearl Harbor. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 21, 1946, and sold for scrapping the same year to Zidell Ship Dismantling Company in Portland. It is hard to diagnose asbestos-related diseases as symptoms do not appear immediately and have a very long latency period. Doctors use lung cancer screening for early detection of pulmonary diseases in asbestos-exposed Navy veterans who have suffered repeated asbestos exposure throughout their service. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Salamaua (CVE-96), you may be legally entitled to claim compensation if you are suffering from lung cancer, mesothelioma, throat cancer, colorectal cancer, bronchial cancer, esophageal cancer, or gastrointestinal cancer.