The USS Cleveland (CL-55) was a Cleveland-class light cruiser laid down on July 1, 1940, and launched on November 1, the following year. It was commissioned on June 15, 1942, under Capt. E. W. Burrough’s command with the hull number CL-55 and served in the U.S. Navy for 5 years until it was decommissioned on February 7, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,255 people on board and had its main missions in Sydney, Buka, Manus, Bonis, Truk, New Georgia, and Efate. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 1, 1959, and sold for scrapping the following year. People who served in the U.S. Navy between the 1930s up to mid-1970s have a heightened risk of developing health problems due to asbestos exposure. If you’re a Navy veteran who has been exposed to asbestos onboard the USS Cleveland (CL-55) and you notice any worrying symptoms such as chest pain, difficulty breathing, persistent cough, sudden weight loss, fatigue, or/and anemia, is crucial that you speak with your doctor right away. Any Navy veteran who was honorably discharged from the military is eligible for VA benefits. In addition to their VA claims, they can also file for asbestos trust funds compensation.