The USS Rasher was built in 1942 as a Gato-class submarine by the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company. It completed 8 war patrols, out of which 4 were successful, hence the Presidential Unit Citation, 7 battle stars for World War II performance and 2 battle stars for service off Vietnam it received. Because asbestos was a highly prevalent building material during the middle of the last century, shipyards made no exception in using it. Therefore, the carcinogen was also present on the USS Rasher, putting the health of those serving on it at high risk. If you are a veteran who experiences symptoms such as a lingering cough, chest pain and shortness of breath, we urge you to seek medical attention immediately, as you may have developed a form of lung disease. In 1953, the submarine was decommissioned and in 1971, it was struck from the Naval Vessel Register and subsequently sold for scrapping.