The USS George W. Ingram (DE-62/APD-43) was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on February 6, 1943, and launched on May 8, the same year. It was commissioned on August 11, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. Ernest R. Perry’s command with the hull number DE-62 and served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on January 15, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and had its main missions in Bermuda, New York, North Africa, Algiers, Northern Ireland, Plymouth, Azores, Portsmouth, Pearl Harbor, and Taku Bar. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on January 1, 1967. Several months later, it was transferred to the Republic of China where it was converted into a frigate under the name of ROCS Kang Shan. Asbestos fibers are more than 1,200 times thinner than human hair. When released into the air during repair jobs performed regularly on the Navy ships, and inhaled, these fibers become trapped in lung tissues. The fibers linger permanently in the lungs and can trigger pulmonary illnesses as much as 30 years after the initial asbestos exposure.