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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, November 17, 1943
Lost at Sea
Following repairs, Capelin departed Darwin for the Celebes Sea on November 17. USS Bonefish (SS-223) reported sighting a US submarine in Capelin's area on December 2, and made tentative contact by underwater telephone. Although post-war analysis of Japanese records indicated an ASW attack on November 23, off Halamahera, in Capelin's area, the records did not report a sinking and further indicated that the attack was broken off. In view of the sighting by Bonefish on December 2, this attack probably was not directed at Capelin. ... There were minefields in the area, but the most probable cause of her loss was a continuing mechanical failure of the upper hatch or, more remotely, her bow planes.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 78

Namesort ascending Service Branch
RM 3c William Lewitt USN
MOMM 1c Edwin Lester USN
Sea 1c Donald Lange USN
CMOMM Leo Landers USN
Sea 1c William Lafferty USN
EM 1c Eugene Krall USN
F 2c John Koziol USN
EM 2c Isidore Klein USN
EM 1c Denver Kennedy USN
TM 3c Loyle Keaton USN
F 1c Dick Jacobs USN
CEM James Holt USN
EM 2c Melvin Hicks USN
SC 2c Peter Grabnickas USN
MOMM 2c Phillip Gillen USN
CMOMM John Ganley USN
PHM 1c Charles Everhart USN
FC 3c Lester Eklund USN
TM 3c Paul Dill USN
TM 3c WIlliam Devine USN


Prepared by: J.P.O’Hara, CDR, USN (Ret.)