The USS Todd (AKA-71) was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on August 10, 1944, and launched on October 10, the same year. It was commissioned on November 30, 1944, under Lt. Comdr. Charles A. Johnson's command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 25, 1946. It carried a complement of 395 men on board. During World War II, the ship operated in Davisville, Manus, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Hollandia, Manila, and Subic Bay. After decommissioning, the USS Todd was struck from the Naval Register on July 19, 1946, and was sold to Oceanic Steamship Company where it was renamed SS Ventura. Given that asbestos, by its very nature, is incredibly heat resistant, it was used extensively on American ships from the early 1940s through the late 1970s. If you are a Navy veteran and if you experience symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, persistent coughing, wheezing, fatigue, abdominal pain or swelling, and unexplained weight loss, contact your doctor immediately to be evaluated.