Built by Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 1942, the submarine conducted 10 war patrols and was awarded 8 battle stars for World War II service. Since it was laid down during the heyday of asbestos, the carcinogenic mineral was present on the USS Sawfish as well. Some of the materials and components in which asbestos was lurking were insulation, valves, gaskets and boilers. By inhaling asbestos fibers, regardless of the severity or duration of exposure, you are at high risk of developing a terrible disease such as lung cancer, asbestosis or mesothelioma. We highly recommend veterans who served on this submarine to take special care of their health and to undergo regular medical examinations to make sure asbestos has not affected their lungs. The USS Sawfish was decommissioned and subsequently sold for scrap during the same year.