The USS General M. C. Meigs (AP-116), a General John Pope class troop transport of the P2-S2-R2 type, was launched on 13 March 1944 under a Maritime Commission contract by the Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Company of Kearny, New Jersey. The ship was acquired by the Navy on 2 June 1944 and commissioned at Bayonne, New Jersey the next day with Captain George W. McKean, USCG, in command. A fast troop carrier, it was capable of 21 knots (24 mph; 39 km/h) with 5200 troops on board. It was one of several of this class of transports that was manned by United States Coast Guard personnel. The USS General M. C. Meigs (AP-116) received six service stars for Korean War service. From the 1930s through the 1970s, asbestos-containing products were widely used by the United States military. After being exposed to asbestos, symptoms of asbestos-related diseases can appear within 10 to 50 years and may include shortness of breath, persistent coughing, chest pain, and weight loss. If you or a loved one served in the United States Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or Merchant Marines and were diagnosed with lung cancer, mesothelioma, or other asbestos-related illnesses, you may be entitled to financial compensation.