Laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. in 1944, the USS Shadwell was a Casa Grande-class dock landing ship of the U.S. Navy. It was named after the Shadwell plantation, Albemarle County, Virginia, the birthplace and early home of Thomas Jefferson. The ship was sponsored by Miss Mary Greenman and initially had Lieutenant Commander William K. Brooks in command. The USS Shadwell earned one battle star in honor of its outstanding service during World War II. It was also awarded the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award for the Atlantic Fleet.
However, the ship was laden with asbestos, which endangered the health of everyone who was aboard it. For this reason, veterans who served on the USS Shadwell should keep a close eye on their health, as their risk of developing serious diseases as a consequence of asbestos exposure is high. In 2017, the USS Shadwell was decommissioned and scrapped in situ.