USS Grouper (SS-214) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

As the only submarine which was named after the grouper, a fish with a stout body and a large mouth, the submarine was built by the Electric Boat Company in 1940. It received 10 battle stars for World War II service, as well as a series of awards, including the American Campaign Medal, the Navy E Ribbon, and the National Defense Service Medal. The submarine was decommissioned in 1968 and struck from the Naval Vessel Register in the same year. It was eventually sold for scrap.

The problem with asbestos is that when it is disturbed, its tiny fibers become separated and form a dust that can be easily inhaled. Once a person breathes in the tiny fibers, these can become trapped in the lining of the lungs. Over time, they can build up, causing severe irritation and lead to serious health conditions such as lung cancer and mesothelioma.

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Shipmates on USS Grouper (SS-214)

george c. aab

sherman g. alexander

lewis leroy allison

leonard i. ber

chester c. bienkowski

kenneth brown

shelby eugene farrow sr

james gilbert gallemore

lawrence james kuehl

robert luther smith