The USS Yosemite (AD-19) was a Dixie-class destroyer tender laid down on January 19, 1942, and launched on May 16, the following year. It was commissioned on March 25, 1944, under Capt. George C. Towner’s with the hull number AD-19 and served in the U.S. Navy for 50 years until it was decommissioned on January 27, 1994. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,076 people on board and had its main missions in Guantanamo Bay, Newport, Hampton Roads, Panama Canal, San Pedro, Pearl Harbor, Balboa and Sasebo. In 2003, the ship was sunk as a target during training exercises.
Prolonged asbestos exposure can lead to several different diseases, such as asbestosis, which is a chronic rather than fatal disease but can cause death from respiratory or cardiac failure, and puts veterans at risk of lung cancer or mesothelioma. If you have been exposed to asbestos and as a result suffer from asbestosis, you could be eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds and VA claims.