Having received 10 battle stars during World War II, the USS Permit (SS-178) was built at Electric Boat Company in 1935. With Lieutenant Charles O. Humphreys in command, the submarine cruised the waters around the Philippines between 1940 and 1941. The submarine operated out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, until 29 November 1937, when she got underway for the Pacific. Transiting the Panama Canal on 10 December, she continued up the West Coast and arrived at San Diego, California on 18 December to join Submarine Squadron 6. Eventually, the USS Permit was decommissioned in 1945, at the end of the war, and sold for scrapping 13 years later. Because of the year it was built, the submarine may have contained asbestos wall insulation, which put the lives of those serving on it in great danger. By inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers, one can develop a debilitating illness such as mesothelioma several decades later. If you are planning to pursue compensation for an asbestos-related injury - whether on behalf of yourself or a family member - choosing an attorney specialized in asbestos claims is the first and most crucial step.