Also known as Kangaroo Express, the submarine was laid down in 1941 by the Electric Boat Company. It won 8 battle stars for World War II service. Exposure to asbestos was a very serious problem to those serving on the USS Growler, as the toxic mineral was present in wall insulation, as well as in other components of the vessel. Consequently, if you were on this submarine, we strongly encourage you to undergo regular medical examinations to make sure the asbestos in your body has not caused any damage to your organs. In 1944, the USS Growler was sunk by Japanese vessels west of the Philippines.