The USS Virgo (AKA-20) was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship laid down on March 9, 1943, and launched on June 4, 1943, with the hull number AKA-20. It was commissioned on July 15 the same year under Comdr. Clayton H. McLaughlin’s command and served in the US Navy for 18 years until it was decommissioned on July 1, 1961. It was recommissioned again on August 19, 1966, and served in the US Navy for another 5 years. During World War II, the ship operated in Pearl Harbor, New Zealand, New Hebrides and Efate, Gilberts, and Marshalls, Marianas, Ulithi, Okinawa, and Admiralty Islands. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Virgo received 7 battle stars, 9 battle stars for the activity during the Korean War, and 10 battle stars for the actions during the Vietnam War, adding up a total of 26 battle stars. Asbestos-related illnesses occur when the material’s fibers are inhaled into the lungs. Long-term exposure to asbestos causes the deadly form of cancer to the lining of the internal organs known as mesothelioma. If you are a Navy veteran who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer because of asbestos exposure on a Navy vessel or if you have lost a loved one to an asbestos-related disease, there are avenues of legal compensation available to you.