The USS Everglades (AD-24) was a Klondike-class destroyer tender launched on January 28, 1945. It was commissioned on May 25, 1951, under Capt. Thomas M. Brown’s command with the hull number AD-24 and served in the U.S. Navy for 19 years until it was decommissioned on August 15, 1970. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 826 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Panama Canal, Norfolk, the Caribbean, Charleston, and the Mediterranean. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on May 24, 1989, and sold for scrapping in 1991 to A. L. Burbank Ship Brokers in Alang, India.
When someone is exposed to asbestos for a prolonged period, he or she will breathe in millions of microscopic asbestos fibers. Over time, these fibers become lodged within lung tissue causing inflammation and scarring. Because of its thin fibers and brittle nature, the body’s normal defenses are unable to eliminate asbestos. The fibers can continue to gather and accumulate in a person's lungs over time, and there is no known way to reverse the damage it causes.