The USS Ingraham (DD-694) served in the U.S. Navy for nearly three decades during the mid-20th century. She was named for Captain Duncan Nathaniel Ingraham, a U.S. Naval officer during the 19th century. Ingraham was built as an Allen M. Sumner-class ship.
Ingraham was laid down in Kearny, New Jersey by Federal Shipbuilding in August 1943. She was launched in January 1944 and commissioned in March 1944, with Commander H.W. Gordon at the helm. Ingraham carried a crew of 336 and had a cruising speed of 36.5 knots. She was armed with six five-inch anti-aircraft guns, twelve 40-millimeter anti-aircraft guns, eleven 20-millimeter anti-aircraft guns, and ten 21-inch torpedo tubes.
Ingraham began her military service in the Pacific in the fall of 1943. There, she screened carriers, patrolled for submarines, and, in December, successfully sank a Japanese cargo ship near Mindoro. In January 1944, Ingraham joined the fleet preparing for operations at the Lingayen Gulf. In February, she supported the invasion of Iwo Jima. Things went well for the vessel until May, when she was attacked by a fleet of enemy planes. She shot down four of the aircraft, but the fifth crashed into the ship. Its bomb exploded in the generator room, wiping out all but one gun and inflicting 51 casualties.
Ingraham was thus in the US for repairs when the war ended. She later spent time patrolling the east coast and participating in the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. In 1947, she began a stint on peacetime patrols before being deployed to Korea in 1953. She returned to the US later that year, then joined various peacetime missions and NATO exercises.
In 1962, Ingraham assisted in the recovery efforts for NASA’s Project Mercury, and later supported the blockade of Cuba. In 1965, she was again deployed to the Pacific—this time in support of the Vietnam War.
In 1968, Ingraham returned to the US for a variety of exercises and patrols. She was decommissioned in 1971 and stricken from the Navy list. She was soon transferred to Greece and renamed Miaoulis. Following two decades of service in the Greek Navy, she was stricken in 1992. In 2001, she was sunk as part of a Greek Naval exercise.
Asbestos Risk on the USS Ingraham (DD-694)
Because material contaminated with asbestos was used in so many places aboard Ingraham, nearly every member of the crew ran the risk of exposure during his service. Dockyard workers were also exposed while building and repairing this ship. When it is inhaled or swallowed, asbestos material causes damage to the mesothelium and may eventually lead to mesothelioma.
The explosion on Ingraham likely released significant amounts of dangerous asbestos fibers into the surrounding air. Crewmen assigned to damage control and fire brigades would have had particularly high levels of exposure after the attack. Research suggests that daily contact with asbestos fibers presents the highest risk for disease, but elevated exposure is also of grave concern.
The illnesses caused by asbestos exposure are often severely debilitating or even fatal. It is for this reason that the law offers compensation to Navy veterans and their families injured by asbestos while serving their country. To find out more about your legal rights, complete the form on this page. We’ll send you a free mesothelioma information packet with the latest information on the disease, and what to expect if you pursue legal action.Sources
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(http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/destroy/dd694txt.htm) Retrieved 5 February 2011.
NavSource Naval History, USS Ingraham (DD-694).
(http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/694.htm) Retrieved 5 February 2011.