The USS General W. A. Mann (AP-112) was a troop transport that served with the United States Navy in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The USS General W. A. Mann (AP-112) was built by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company of Kearny, New Jersey, in 1942–43 and commissioned on the date of acquisition, 13 October 1943, with Comdr. Paul S. Maguire, USNR, in command. The ship was transferred to the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Fort Eustis on the James River in Virginia on 21 July 1969. On 10 April 1987, it was sold for scrap. The United States Navy is one of the country's oldest and largest consumers of asbestos, which is mainly utilized as insulation in the building of military warships. Prior to 1980, men and women who served on Navy ships or worked in naval shipyards were most frequently exposed to the carcinogenic substance. As a result, veterans of the Navy and Coast Guard have an increased risk of asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. If you have a history of asbestos exposure and are experiencing increasing shortness of breath and a persistent cough, you should see a health expert as soon as possible.