Sponsored by Mrs. C. C. West, the submarine was launched in 1943 and won 6 battle stars for World War II activity. The USS Raton was converted into a radar picket submarine in 1952, when it was temporarily decommissioned. Afterwards, it was referred to as SSR-270 and continued its service with Commander J. K. Wills in command. Asbestos exposure was a frequent issue on U.S. submarines, including on the USS Raton. The inhalation of asbestos fibers can lead to awful diseases such as mesothelioma or lung cancer. Consequently, we strongly advise veterans who served on this vessel to pay close attention to their health by undergoing annual medical examinations to ensure their lungs are in good condition. The submarine was struck from the Naval Vessel Register in 1969 and sold for scrap 4 years later.