The USS Ray was a Gato-class submarine which was named after a fish with a flat body, large pectoral fins and a whiplike tail found on the sea floor in various regions of the world. It was laid down by the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company in 1942, when asbestos was heavily employed in shipyards, which is why numerous veterans have recently come to suffer from lung disease. Following inhalation, asbestos fibers become stuck to the lining of the lungs and produce severe inflammation and tissue scarring, which can lead to serious health problems over decades. Therefore, we encourage everyone who was present on the USS Ray to undergo regular medical examinations in order to make sure their lungs have not been affected. In 1958, the submarine was decommissioned and was sold for scrap 2 years later.