With Lieutenant Commander Albert L. Becker in command, the USS Cobia (SS-245) 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. The USS Cobia was decommissioned in 1954 and subsequently transported to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, where it can be admired as a memorial ship.
For many years, manufacturers hid the dangers of asbestos from the public, placing millions at risk of preventable and needless deaths. When inhaled asbestos fibers can penetrate the lung causing cancer in the lining of the lung (pleura), or penetrate the bowel or stomach causing cancer in the lining of the abdomen (peritoneum). The latency period between the initial exposure to asbestos and the onset of mesothelioma is rarely less than 20 years from first exposure and may be more than 40 years.