The USS President Adams (AP-38/APA-19) was a President Jackson-class attack transport laid down on June 6, 1940, and launched on January 31, the following year. It was commissioned on November 19, 1941, under Capt. C. W. Brewington’s command with the hull number APA-19 and served in the US Navy for 9 years until it was decommissioned on June 14, 1950. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS President Adams received 9 battle stars.
Between World War II and the late-1970s, asbestos was extensively used in the construction of Navy warships in a variety of components and products used onboard. Back then, Navy personnel who came into contact with asbestos-containing materials on a daily basis had no idea about the health effects of long-term asbestos exposure. Unfortunately, it can take a long time for symptoms and conditions resulting from asbestos exposure to appear. You could have been exposed to harmful asbestos materials ten, twenty, or fifty years ago, and only just now seeing the effects of exposure.