The USS Riverside (APA-102) was a Bayfield-class attack transport laid down on November 11, 1942, and launched on April 13, the following year. It was commissioned on June 29, 1944, under Capt. Louis N. Miller’s command with the hull number APA-102 and served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on April 27, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 575 people on board and had its main missions in San Pedro, Panama Canal, Pearl Harbor, California, Ulithi, Guam, Hagushi, and Norfolk. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 8, 1946, and sold in 1948 to Pacific Argentina Brazil Lines. During the period from 1930 through 1960, researchers identified a health risk associated with working with particular types of asbestos in certain occupations and at certain levels of exposure. Navy jobs with likelihoods for asbestos exposure include ship-, aircraft-, or submarine members, boiler operators, demolition specialists, hull technicians, machinists, mechanics, pipefitters, welders, and seabees.