Having received 10 battle stars for World War II service, the USS Spearfish was built at the Electric Boat Company in 1937 and was under the command of Lieutenant C.E. Tolman, Jr. Exposure to asbestos was a problem for the people who were present on this submarine, as the wall insulation may have contained the carcinogenic mineral, which becomes a health hazard when airborne. Therefore, veterans who were on the USS Spearfish should undergo periodical medical examinations to ensure their health was not affected by asbestos exposure. In 1947, the submarine was struck from the Naval Vessel Register and sold for scrap one year later.