The USS Savannah (CL-42) was a Brooklyn-class light cruiser laid down on May 31, 1934, and launched on May 8, 1937. It was commissioned on March 10, the following year under Capt. Robert C. Giffen’s command with the hull number CL-42 and served in the U.S. Navy for 9 years until it was decommissioned on February 3, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 868 people on board and had its main missions in Hawaii, Philadelphia, Salerno, Malta, Yalta, and Le Havre. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959, and sold for scrapping in 1966. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Savannah received 3 battle stars. Prolonged exposure to asbestos can lead to serious health problems including asbestos-related lung cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other non-malignant lung impairments. Navy veterans diagnosed with asbestos lung cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma or another asbestos-related cancer (esophageal, bladder, colorectal, etc) may be entitled to receive compensation from over $32 billion available in asbestos trust funds, and the VA.