Having won 4 battle stars for World War II service, the submarine was built in 1943 by the Electric Boat Company in Connecticut. It was commissioned in 1944 and temporarily decommissioned 2 years later to undergo conversion to a hunter-killer submarine. Since it was laid down during a time when asbestos was a very popular building material, everyone who served on the USS Bream is recommended to keep a close eye on their health, as the risk of developing a serious disease such as mesothelioma is high. If you experience symptoms such as chest pain, difficulty breathing or a persisting cough, you should seek medical attention immediately. In 1969, the vessel was decommissioned and subsequently sunk as a target off California.