The USS Matagorda (AVP-22/AG-122) was a United States Navy Barnegat-class seaplane tender in commission from 1941 to 1946 that saw service in World War II. The ship was laid down by the Boston Navy Yard at Boston, Massachusetts, on 6 September 1940. It was launched on 18 March 1941, sponsored by Miss Nancy Rowland Brand, and commissioned at Boston on 16 December 1941 with Commander Stanley J. Michael in command. The ship was decommissioned at Honolulu on 15 October 1967 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register one year later. Until the mid-1970s, the United States Navy constructed virtually every ship using asbestos materials. Navy veterans exposed to asbestos decades ago should be aware of the consequences and take action if they believe they are suffering from asbestos-related health problems. These veterans may be eligible for life-extending medical treatments and may be able to pursue compensation from the manufacturers of asbestos-containing products.