The USS Barnett (APA-5) was a McCawley-class attack transport launched in 1928 and commissioned on September 25, 1940, under Capt. I. Pamperin’s command with the hull number APA-5. It served in the US Navy for 6 years until it was decommissioned on April 30, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 491 people on board and had its main missions in New York, Norfolk, Wellington, Guadalcanal, New River, Espiritu Santo, Koro Island, Sicily, and Normandy. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on May 21, 1946, and scrapped in 1966 in La Spezia. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Barnett received 7 battle stars. For veterans who served aboard ships in the Navy during the Second World War, asbestos exposure was virtually unavoidable, particularly for those who worked in confined spaces below deck. The natural movement and vibrations of a ship would cause the asbestos to flake onto crew members’ bunks and other exposed surfaces.