The USS Gunnel (SS-253), a Gato-class submarine, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for the gunnel. Her keel was laid down by the Electric Boat Company, Groton, Connecticut. She was launched on 17 May 1942, and commissioned on 20 August 1942, with Lieutenant Commander John S. McCain, Jr. in command. It received 5 battle stars for World War II service and sunk 6 enemy ships weighing a total of 24,624 tons. In 1958, the submarine was struck from the Naval Vessel Register and subsequently sold for scrap.
Thousands of Navy veterans have been exposed to asbestos and subsequently developed adverse medical conditions through no fault of their own. These veterans now contend with a painful, life-threatening illness, as well as steep medical expenses. While no amount of money could ever change this fact, veterans who do receive compensation by successfully pursuing an asbestos claim have a better chance at financial security and getting the treatment they need.