With Lieutenant Commander Albert L. Becker in command, the USS Cobia was commissioned in 1944, in the middle of World War II. It completed 6 patrols, out of which 4 were declared successful, which is the reason for which it earned 4 battle stars, as well as sunk a total of 16,835 tons of enemy shipping. As the submarine was laid down during a time when asbestos was widely employed in shipbuilding, the toxic mineral was present on the USS Cobia in great amounts, especially in its wall insulation. Consequently, we strongly advise veterans who served on it to undergo annual medical examinations to make sure the asbestos fibers they breathed in have not caused any damage to their lungs. The USS Cobia was decommissioned in 1954 and subsequently transported to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, where it can be admired as a memorial ship.