The USS Tanner (AGS-15) was an Artemis-class attack cargo ship that was originally built as USS Pamina and the hull number AKA-34. It was laid down in 1944 and launched on January 5, 1945. It was commissioned on January 31, 1945, under Comdr. E. P. Teague’s command and served in the US Navy for 24 years until it was decommissioned on July 14, 1969. It carried a complement of 303 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, Mexico, Greenland, South Vietnam and it participated in World War II. After decommissioning, the USS Tanner was struck from the Naval Register on August 1, 1969. When a product manufactured with asbestos is damaged or disturbed through daily use or maintenance, the fibers may get exposed and become airborne. Prolonged or repeated exposure to asbestos can result in a number of health effects such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Tanner (AGS-15), you may be eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds and VA claims.