Having sunk a total of 53,443 tons of Japanese shipping, the USS Lapon was awarded Navy Unit Commendation and 4 battle stars. The submarine, sponsored by Mrs. J. B. Oldendorf, wife of Rear Admiral Jesse B. Oldendorf, was laid down in 1942. Since it was built during the middle of the last century, asbestos was present on the vessel, mostly in the form of wall insulation. Exposure to asbestos can lead to terrible diseases such as lung cancer and mesothelioma, so we highly recommend everyone who served on this submarine to keep a close eye on their health. In 1957, the USS Lapon was transferred to Greece and 19 years later, it was cannibalized for spare parts.