Laid down in 1942, the USS Bluegill is the only ship to have been named after this freshwater fish. During World War II, it earned 4 battle stars. However, because the submarine was built at a time when asbestos was a highly prevalent construction material, it is very likely to have contained this carcinogen, especially in the wall insulation, which represented a great health hazard to those present on the vessel. For this reason, we strongly advise everyone who served on the USS Bluegill to undergo yearly medical examinations in order to make sure the asbestos they inhaled has not caused any damage to their lungs. The submarine was decommissioned in 1969 and struck from the Naval Vessel Register in the same year. It was eventually scuttled as a trainer off Hawaii one year later.