The USS Savo Island (CVE-78) was a Casablanca-class escort carrier laid down on September 27, 1943, and launched on December 22, the same year. It was commissioned on February 3, 1944, with the hull number CVE-78 under Capt. C. E. Eckstrom’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on 12 December 1946. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 1, 1959, and sold for scrapping to Comarket, Inc. on February 29, 1960. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Savo Island received 4 battle stars and a Presidential Unit Citation.
The USS Savo Island (CVE-78) was just one of many navy ships built at a time when the use of asbestos was inexpensive, effective, and especially abundant. The mineral was present in hundreds of applications including fireproofing, streamlines, pumps, boilers, condensers, evaporators, distillers, turbines, deck material, and electrical components. If you suffer from a disease caused by exposure to asbestos and you are also a Navy veteran, there is a possibility that your time in service is the reason for your illness.