The keel of the USS Grunion was laid down in 1941 and it was commissioned one year later. Sponsored by Mrs. Stanford C. Hooper, wife of Rear Admiral Hooper, it earned one battle star during World War II. Because the submarine was built when asbestos products were widely used in shipbuilding, the USS Grunion probably had asbestos wall insulation, too. Consequently, those who served on it are highly encouraged to seek medical assistance as soon as possible to ensure the asbestos they inhaled or ingested has not caused any problems in their bodies. Eventually, the USS Grunion was struck from the Naval Vessel Register in 1942 and subsequently sunk off of Kiska due to accidents related to the circular run of its torpedo.