Commissioned in 1938, the USS Skipjack received 7 battle stars for World War II service. It was sponsored by Miss Frances Cuthbert Van Keuren, daughter of Captain Alexander H. Van Keuren, Superintending Constructor at New York Navy Yard. Because it was laid down in 1936, asbestos insulation was very likely present on the submarine, which represented a serious health risk to those serving on the vessel. Therefore, we recommend veterans who were on the USS Skipjack to keep a close eye on their health. In 1946, the submarine was sunk in Operation Crossroads atomic bomb test, subsequently raised, and eventually sunk as a target off southern California.