Under the command of Lieutenant Commander Robert H. Rice, the USS Paddle (SS-263) enjoyed 7 successful war patrols, for which it was awarded 8 battle stars. It was built in 1942, like most Gato-class submarines, by Electric Boat Company in Connecticut. The submarine was decommissioned in 1957 when it was also transferred to Brazil. It was subsequently sunk as a target in 1968.
If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Paddle (SS-263), we strongly advise you to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Once you are diagnosed, you have a limited time to file a claim for compensation. Because asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis do not usually appear until 20 to 50 years after initial exposure to asbestos, the statute of limitations does not begin until you are diagnosed, but you do have a limited time to file a claim once a diagnosis is made.