Built in 1939 by the Electric Boat Company, the submarine was the first to be named after the mackerel. It received multiple awards for World War II service, including the American Defense Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. Due to the time period it was laid down, the USS Mackerel may have had asbestos wall insulation, which represented a health risk for the people serving on it. Consequently, veterans who were present on the vessel should undergo periodical medical examinations to make sure the asbestos fibers in their bodies have not caused any damage. The USS Mackerel was struck from the Naval Vessel Register in 1945 and sold for scrapping to the North American Smelting Company in Pennsylvania 2 years later.