The submarine was built by the Cramp Shipbuilding Company in 1942, like most Balao-class vessels. Although it completed only 2 war patrols, it received numerous awards, such as the National Defense Service Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one battle star and the Navy Occupation Medal. The submarine was in service for only 2 years, but veterans who were present on it should still pay close attention to their health, as asbestos exposure occurred onboard. Annual medical examinations are strongly recommended in order to make sure your lungs have not been affected by carcinogenic fibers. Today, the USS Lionfish is a National Historic Landmark which can be admired at Battleship Cove in Fall River, Massachusetts.