With 6 battle stars for World War II service, the USS Angler was built in 1942 by General Dynamics Electric Boat in Connecticut. The submarine was commissioned one year later and struck from the Naval Vessel Register in 1971. Because it was laid down during a time when asbestos was heavily used in shipbuilding, the USS Angler most likely contained the carcinogenic mineral in the wall insulation, as well as in other machinery and equipment. Consequently, we strongly encourage those who served on the submarine to undergo yearly medical examinations to ensure the asbestos fibers they inhaled have not caused any damage to their lungs. The vessel was eventually sold for scrapping in 1974.