The USS Tyrrell (AKA-80) was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on May 6, 1944, and commissioned on December 4, the same year under Lt. Comdr. John L. McLean’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on April 19, 1946. It carried a complement of 395 men on board. During World War II, the ship operated in Hampton Roads, Hawaii, Panama, Eniwetok, Ulithi, and the Philippines. After decommissioning, the USS Tyrrell was struck from the Navy List on May 1, 1946. Later, the ship was sold to Pacific Far East where it was renamed SS California Bear. Lung cancer, bronchial cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma, and pulmonary fibrosis are the most common asbestos-related conditions. Asbestos dust and fibers can lay dormant for many years – even decades – before manifesting into a diagnosable condition. If you have lost a family member due to lung cancer, mesothelioma, or any other condition caused or exacerbated by asbestos exposure, you may be eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds and VA claims.