The USS Greenling (SS-213), a Gato-class submarine, was laid down by Electric Boat Co., Groton, Conn. 12 November 1940, launched on 20 September 1941. With 10 battle stars and a Presidential Unit Citation for its remarkable performance during the first three war patrols, the USS Greenling (SS-213) was commissioned in 1942 and had Lieutenant Comdr. H. C. Bruton in command. The vessel was decommissioned in 1946 and sold for scrapping in 1960. Because of its fireproofing abilities, asbestos was extensively used in shipbuilding. Asbestos-containing materials appear throughout Navy aircraft carriers, amphibious warships, destroyers, minesweepers, submarines, auxiliary ships, and merchant marine ships built in the mid-20th century, and show up everywhere from engine compartments and galley kitchens to sleeping berths and mess halls. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Greenling (SS-213), you may qualify for various forms of monetary and health care benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.