The USS Clermont was a Haskell-class attack transport ship which was built by the California Shipbuilding Corporation under a Maritime Commission contract in 1944. It was sponsored by Mrs. F. Wells and acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1945. The ship served during World War II with Captain F. E. Shoup in command and received one battle star for the extraordinary operations it conducted at Okinawa. Because asbestos was a very popular building material during the last century, there were numerous hazardous products aboard the USS Clermont and everyone who was present on it was exposed to a certain extent. Within 20 to 50 years, asbestos exposure may lead to the development of serious diseases, such as lung cancer or mesothelioma, a very aggressive cancer which occurs on the outer lining of the lungs. In 1973, the USS Clermont was sold for scrap.