The USS General W. H. Gordon (AP-117), a troop transport that served with the United States Navy in World War II, was launched under the Maritime Commission contract by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company of Kearny, New Jersey, on 7 May 1944. After the war, the ship was transferred to the US Army and served as USAT General W. H. Gordon. With the outbreak of the Korean War, it was reacquired by the Navy as a civilian-manned Military Sea Transportation Service vessel and redesignated USNS General W. H. Gordon (T-AP-117). It served again under the same designation in the Vietnam War. Asbestos fibers are minute and can be inhaled without the user being aware. Asbestos fibers are especially hazardous to inhale because once they enter the lungs, they never leave. Asbestos fibers in the lungs may cause a variety of severe medical problems, including mesothelioma. Apart from mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer that is nearly invariably related to asbestos exposure, this mineral may induce a variety of other illnesses. Exposure to asbestos may result in lung cancer or cancers of the esophagus, larynx, throat, stomach, colon, or rectum. Additionally, exposure to asbestos may result in non-cancerous or non-malignant illnesses, such as asbestosis and pleural disorders such as pleural effusion, pleural plaques, and diffuse pleural thickening.