Built under the Emergency Shipbuilding program in 1944 by the California Shipbuilding Company, the SS Carroll Victory was named after the city of Carroll in Iowa. It was initially operated by the Lykes Brothers SS Company, but the ship was subsequently transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard in 1949. During the Korean War, the SS Carroll Victory served as a merchant marine ship that carried supplies to the troops. It is worthy of note that approximately 75% of the people who fought in the Korean War came by merchant marine ships. Eventually, the ship was scrapped in Alang, India.
Since it was laid down before 1980, the SS Carroll Victory was laden with asbestos, containing over 300 hazardous products and materials. Therefore, everyone who was aboard it was exposed to a certain extent. Following inhalation or ingestion, asbestos fibers attach themselves to various organs in the body, such as the lungs or the stomach, gradually causing inflammation and tissue scarring, which may, in turn, give way to terrible diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis, or mesothelioma.