Built by the Cramp Shipbuilding Company in 1942, as most Balao-class submarines, the USS Dragonet (SS-293) completed 3 war patrols, out of which 2 were successful. Therefore, it earned 2 battle stars for World War II activity. It began cruising in 1944 under the command of Commander Jack Hayden Lewis. Asbestos, a highly carcinogenic mineral with numerous convenient properties such as fire resistance, was very prevalent in shipbuilding during the last century.
Asbestos-related diseases can affect a person many years after his/her initial exposure. It can also affect those who live with a shipyard worker, as asbestos particles can be transferred home on their clothing. If you or a loved one has developed an illness as a result of asbestos exposure at shipyards, we can put you in touch with the right legal team that may be able to get you the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. The USS Dragonet (SS-293) was decommissioned in 1946 and eventually sunk by an explosive test in the Chesapeake Bay.