Sponsored by Mrs. William H. Allen, the submarine was launched in 1941 and commissioned one year later. It conducted 13 war patrols during its service, out of which only one was unsuccessful. The submarine received 11 battle stars for World War II activity. While the USS Haddock is a submarine with a remarkable history, it may have contained asbestos, the carcinogenic mineral, in the wall insulation. This put the health of those present on the vessel in great danger, as inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers can be deadly. The submarine was decommissioned in 1947 and eventually sold for scrapping 13 years later.