The USS Syrma (AK-134) was a cargo ship belonging to the Crater-class used by the US Navy for World War II operations. Like many other cargo ships, the USS Syrma’s mission throughout the war was transporting cargo and troops in the war areas. It was laid down in January 1944 by the Delta Shipbuilding Corporation in New Orleans, Louisiana, and launched in February. The ship carried out cargo delivery and towing missions in the Panama Canal Zone, Hawaii, New Guinea, and various areas on the West Coast. After the war, the ship sailed for Norfolk and was decommissioned in January 1946. It was sold to Fordham Trading Corporation, renamed SS San Jorge, and later scrapped in 1968 in Shanghai. Despite appearing to be a miraculously helpful substance, asbestos causes significant health problems with exposure, usually from inhaling asbestos fibers. Symptoms may not show up until years after workplace exposure and typically include shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, a cough that is getting worse, a cough that brings up blood, weight loss. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Syrma (AK-134), you may be entitled to financial compensation, but you’ll need the guidance of an experienced lawyer.