The USS Inch (DE-146) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on January 19, 1943, and launched on April 4, the same year. It was commissioned on September 8, 1943, under Lt. Cmdr. C. W. Frey’s command as DE-146 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on May 17, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Texas, Bermuda, New York, Guantanamo, Canal Zone, San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Norfolk, and Panama Canal. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on October 1, 1972, and sold for scrapping in 1974. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Inch received 4 battle stars. Between World War II and the late-1970s, the Navy ordered many ships, including the USS Inch (DE-146), and asbestos was part of her construction. Asbestos fibers are so light that they become airborne and so flexible that they can be woven into fabric and used in materials such as insulation, gaskets, valves plumbing systems around the ship, and so on.