The keel of the USS Nautilus was laid down by Mare Island Naval Shipyard in California in 1927. Asbestos exposure may have represented a problem to the people serving on it, since it was most likely present in the wall insulation of the submarine. The vessel received multiple awards, such as the Presidential Unit Citation and the Asiatic–Pacific Campaign Medal, also winning 14 battle stars. Additionally, Lieutenant Commander William H. Brockman Jr. was presented with a Navy Cross for his actions during the Battle of Midway. The submarine was decommissioned in 1945 and later sold for scrap.