The USS Flounder was built in 1942 by the Electric Boat Company in Connecticut. It participated in World War II and earned 2 battle stars, as well as sunk 2,681 tons of Japanese shipping. It was commissioned one year later under the command of Commander C. A. Johnson. Because it was laid down during the heyday of asbestos, the carcinogen was present on the vessel mostly in the form of wall insulation. Therefore, people who served on the USS Flounder should keep a close eye on their health by undergoing periodical medical examinations. In 1959, the submarine was struck from the Naval Vessel Register and later sold for scrapping.