The USS S-41 (SS-146) was laid down by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation in 1919 and during its activity, it won 4 battle stars and multiple awards, including the China Service Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal. Veterans who served on this submarine are at high risk of developing a terrible disease such as lung cancer or mesothelioma since asbestos might have been present in the wall insulation of the vessel. The submarine was decommissioned in 1945 and sold for scrap one year later. There are many reasons Navy veterans should be concerned about asbestos exposure. Hundreds of materials that went into ships contained this natural mineral, and the heaviest use of it occurred between World War II and the late-1970. Active service members, however, didn't realize how harmful asbestos was until many years later when confirmed asbestos-related illnesses started developing. Despite the fact that asbestos is no longer being used in the manufacture of ships, the material itself has not been completely eradicated from all ships.