Originally built as the USS Dayton in 1941, the ship underwent a redesign by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation one year later. It was an Independence-class light aircraft carrier that served during World War II, activity for which it earned 11 battle stars, as well as during the Korean War. The USS Monterey was sponsored by Mrs. Patrick N. L. Bellinger and had Captain Lestor T. Hundt in command throughout the first conflict. Because it had numerous convenient properties, such as fire and electricity resistance, and was also cheap, asbestos was used for the construction of the USS Monterey. However, asbestos exposure yields serious health risks, since it may lead to the development of terrible diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. Therefore, people who served on this ship should undergo medical examination regularly to timely discover a potential disease. In 1971, the USS Monterey was sold for scrap.