The USS Washburn (AKA-108) was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on October 24, 1944, and launched on December 18, the same year. It was commissioned the next year on May 17, 1945, under Comdr. W. C. Jackson’s command and served in the U.S. Navy for 25 years until it was decommissioned on May 16, 1970. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 425 men on board and operated in Norfolk, Marseille, the Philippines, and Manila. After the war, it carried passengers and cargo between different locations of the western Pacific. It also participated in the Korean and the Vietnam Wars. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 1, 1976. The loss or sickness of yourself or a family member due to exposure to asbestos can be psychologically and financially devastating. If you or a family member once served in the U.S. Navy and have received an asbestos-related diagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation from the company that is responsible for exposing you or your loved one to asbestos.