The USS Vicksburg (CL-86) was a Cleveland-class light cruiser laid down on October 26, 1942, and launched on December 14, the following year. It was commissioned on June 12, 1944, under Capt. William C. Vose’s command with the hull number CL-86 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on June 30, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had its main missions in Newport, Norfolk, Pearl Harbor, Balboa, Tokyo Bay, Buckner Bay, San Pedro, Okinawa, Portland, Truk, Ulithi, and Saipan. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 1, 1962, and sold for scrapping in 1964. Up until approximately 1980, asbestos was used in a wide variety of insulation products in the shipbuilding industry and many other shipboard products. This means that the repair, replacement, or maintenance of these products can expose workers to deadly asbestos fibers. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Vicksburg (CL-86) and you're experiencing a persistent cough and increasing shortness of breath, finding a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of asbestos-related diseases is an important consideration.