The USS President Monroe (AP-104) was a President Jackson-class attack transport laid down on November 13, 1939, and launched on August 7, the following year. It was commissioned on August 20, 1943, with the hull number AP-104 and served in the US Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on January 12, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 512 people on board and had its main missions in the Marshalls, the Gilberts, Guam, the Philippines, Lingayen, and New Guinea. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on March 12, 1946, and scrapped in 1973. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS President Monroe received 5 battle stars.
Navy veterans are one of the largest groups affected by occupational asbestos exposure. During World War II, the production of naval vessels increased exponentially. The Navy’s fleet was larger than all of the world’s navies combined as soon as 1940. Occupationally, this means workers in the shipyards contributing to the war effort were exposed to high levels of asbestos. Tons of this mineral were hauled to these shipyards and used in these ships.