Having earned 7 battle stars for World War II activity, the USS Hake (SS-256) was built in 1941 and was commissioned one year later with Lieutenant Commander J. C. Broach in command. While the vessel was decommissioned in 1946, it was turned into an auxiliary submarine (AGSS-256) in 1962 and continued to serve out of commission as a training ship for reservists at Philadelphia. Eventually, it was struck from the Naval Vessel Register in 1967 and subsequently sold for scrap.
Despite the successful activity of the USS Hake (SS-256), asbestos was present on the submarine, mostly in the wall insulation, which meant a great health hazard for the people present on it. Asbestos exposure can lead to multiple debilitating illnesses, including lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma, a very aggressive cancer of the lungs.