The USS San Francisco (CA-38) was a New Orleans-class cruiser laid down on September 9, 1931, and launched on March 9, 1933. It was commissioned on February 10, the following year under Capt. Royal E. Ingersoll’s command as CA-38 and served in the U.S. Navy for 12 years until it was decommissioned on February 10, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 904 people on board and had its main missions in Mexico, San Diego, Hawaii, Peru, Panama, Pearl Harbor, Tutuila, New Guinea, Cape Esperance, Guadalcanal, Kiska, Makin, and Naha. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS San Francisco received 17 battle stars. As all of us know now, past exposure to asbestos can cause chronic lung diseases later in life. Given that many veterans came into contact with asbestos products during their time of duty, it is not surprising that now they face the effects of the hidden danger of exposure to asbestos. If your health care provider has diagnosed you with lung cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma, or any other asbestos-related condition, and you may have been exposed to asbestos during your time in the U.S. Navy, you may be eligible for disability compensation.