The USS Santee (CVE-29) was a Sangamon-class escort carrier laid down on May 31, 1938, as CVE-29 and launched on March 4, the following year. It was commissioned on October 30, 1940, under Commander William G. B. Hatch’s command and served in the US Navy for 9 years until it was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 860 people on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Norfolk, San Pedro, Saipan, San Diego, and Korea. After the striking, the ship was sold for scrapping to Master Metals Company. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Santee received 9 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation.
Most veterans fail to recognize the difficulty in breathing as an indication of a serious medical problem, so they wait to seek medical attention until the symptoms get worse. Early warning signs such as shortness of breath, loss of weight/appetite, fatigue, are frequently mistaken for the gradual aging process and body deterioration. It is vital to watch for the above-mentioned symptoms. Early treatment can be the difference in the quality of life and eventual prognosis.