Built by Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, the USS Finback (SS-230) was commissioned in 1942 and conducted 12 war patrols over the course of its activity. It was awarded 13 battle stars and it also sunk a total of 69,383 tons of enemy shipping. In 1958, the USS Finback was struck from the Naval Vessel Register and subsequently sold for scrap.
Because the USS Finback (SS-230) 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 Finback (SS-230) to undergo yearly medical examinations in order to make sure the asbestos they inhaled has not caused any damage to their lungs.