Built by the Electric Boat Company in Connecticut in 1942, the USS Hoe (SS-258) was named after the hoe, a type of shark. The submarine was launched 17 September 1942 (sponsored by Miss Helen Hess), and commissioned 16 December 1942, Lieutenant Commander B. C. Folger in command. It completed 8 war patrols, out of which 5 were considered successful, for which it received 7 battle stars. In 1946, the submarine was decommissioned and was later sold for scrap.
Since it was built during the middle of the last century, when asbestos enjoyed great popularity as a construction material the USS Hoe (SS-258) had asbestos present on it, mostly in the wall insulation. Therefore, we strongly advise veterans who served on it to keep a close eye on their health by undergoing yearly medical examinations to ensure the asbestos fibers they breathed in have not damaged their lungs.