The USS Frament (DE-677/APD-77) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on May 1, 1943, and launched on June 28, the same year. It was commissioned on August 15, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. S. T. McAdam’s command with the hull number DE-677 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on May 30, 1946. During its activity, it carried a complement of 213 men on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, Derry, Cherbourg, Eniwetok, Ulithi, Leyte, Okinawa, Shanghai, and Italy. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on June 1, 1960. One year later, it was sold to Ecuador where it served as a power hulk. Like many other Navy ships, Buckley-class destroyers were also built with many asbestos-containing materials during a time when the extent of asbestos dangers was not known. Navy veterans are now at risk for developing lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases due to asbestos exposure sustained while on active duty serving their country.