The construction of the submarine was sponsored by Mrs. B. O. Wells in 1942, when it came to life by virtue of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company in Wisconsin. Commissioned in 1943, the USS Rock completed 6 war patrols, winning 4 battle stars for World War II activity. From 1953 to 1959, it served as a radar picket submarine, while from 1959 to 1969, it functioned as an auxiliary general submarine. The USS Rock damaged and sunk a total of 42,282 tons of enemy shipping. Exposure to asbestos was a serious problem in the Navy during the last century, as there were numerous products containing this toxic mineral onboard, such as insulation, gaskets and boilers. Thus, we strongly encourage veterans who were present on the USS Rock to keep a close eye on their health and undergo periodical medical examinations in order to rest assured asbestos have not caused any damage to their lungs. In 1969, the submarine was decommissioned and later sold for scrap.