The USS Sunfish (SS-281), named after one of the heaviest bony fish in the world, was laid down in 1941 by Mare Island Naval Shipyard. During World War II, it earned 9 battle stars and completed 11 war patrols with Commander R. W. Peterson in command. The USS Sunfish was decommissioned in 1945, at the end of the war, and sold for scrapping several years later.
For many years, asbestos was used by a number of industries due to the material’s heat- and fire-resistant abilities. Unfortunately, repeat or prolonged exposure to asbestos has since been determined to result in mesothelioma as well as several other deadly medical conditions. If you are a Navy veteran that served on the USS Sunfish (SS-281) and your health has been affected by a condition provoked by asbestos, the financial compensation to which you are entitled can help ease some of the financial burdens of this situation.