The USS Solomons (CVE-67) was a Casablanca-class escort carrier laid down on March 19, 1943, and launched on October 6, the same year. It was commissioned on November 21, 1943, with the hull number CVE-67 under Capt. M. E. Crist’s command and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on May 15, 1946. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 5, 1946, and sold for scrapping on December 22, 1946, to Patapsco Scrap Corporation in Bethlehem.
Navy veterans who served in World War II and Vietnam War have a high risk of developing asbestos-related conditions like lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other cancers because the Navy used asbestos products throughout their ships from the 1930s through the 1970s. Navy vessels had to be especially resistant to fire and temperature transfer because of their combat military purposes. Because it was abundant and cheap, asbestos was used to insulate engine rooms, boiler rooms, walls, pipes, electrical wiring, and sleeping quarters. It was commonly used in flooring, gaskets, cement, and joint compounds as well.