The USS Sterope (AK-96) was a cargo ship belonging to the Crater-class that operated under the US Navy’s command during World War II. Its mission was to carry troops and cargo in the war zones. Launched in December 1941 and commissioned in May the same year, the Sterope transported supplies to advanced bases in New Caledonia between 1943-1945 and played an important role in the recapture of Guam in July 1945 and the invasion of Okinawa in May 1945. The end of the war caught Sterope in the middle of overhaul operations at San Francisco. It then sailed to Guam where it carried cargo between various islands in the Central Pacific for several months. The USS Sterope was decommissioned in May 1946 and later towed to San Francisco. Its name was struck from the Navy list in November 1947 and received two battle stars for its service brought to the country. Asbestos was utilized in all areas of Navy vessels, from bow to stern, with the intent to limit any chances of a fire while aboard a ship. If you are a Navy member retiree who has developed lung cancer, asbestosis, or mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, you should get immediate help from an experienced attorney who truly understands the legal challenges that come with this type of diagnosis.