The USS Thomas Jefferson (APA-30) was a President Jackson-class attack transport laid down on February 5, 1940, and launched on November 20, the same year. It was commissioned on August 31, 1942, with the hull number APA-30 and served in the US Navy for 13 years until it was decommissioned on July 18, 1955. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 593 people on board and had its main missions in Hampton Roads, Cape Race, Guam, the Philippines, Sasebo, and Yokohama. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 1, 1958, and sold for scrapping to Zidell Explorations Inc. in Portland. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Thomas Jefferson received 6 battle stars and another 4 for the Korean activity. Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral known for its resilience, flexibility, electrical resistance, fireproofing, and soundproofing properties. When handled or disturbed, it releases microscopic fibers into the air. These fibers attach to the lining of the lungs, heart, and other organs. If you have been exposed to asbestos and have shortness of breath, trouble swallowing, persistent cough, hoarseness, and chest pain, please see a health care provider right away to ensure immediate treatment.