The USS Starr (AKA-67) was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on June 13, 1944, and launched on August 18, the same year. It was commissioned on September 29, 1944, under Comdr. Frederick O. Goldsmith’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on May 31, 1946. It carried a complement of 395 men on board. During World War II, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, Kahului Harbor, Eniwetok, Leyte, Ryukyu Islands, Guam, and San Pedro. After decommissioning, the USS Starr was struck from the Naval Register on June 19, 1946, and was sold to Pacific Far East Lines where it was renamed SS India Bear. Millions of Navy veterans were exposed to asbestos over the years and never warned about the dangers. There is no “safe” level of exposure to asbestos. Any exposure at all means a higher risk of getting an asbestos-related disease during your lifetime. Symptoms can take decades to develop. You or your family could be eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds and VA claims.