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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 2c Buford Arney USN
Sea 1c George Melvin USN
EM 1c Denver Kennedy USN
F 2c Norman Snyder USN
RM 3c Melvin Odonnell USN
SM 2c Clarence Ball USN
TM 2c Otto Moeller USN
FC 3c Lester Eklund USN
GM 1c Harry Simon USN
MM 3c Elmer Norris USN
CTM Claude Beck USN
Cdr Elliott Marshall USN
PHM 1c Charles Everhart USN
Lt Walter Sharer USN
EM 1c Cyril Novotny USN
EM 3c Gerald Blair USN
EM 1c Alfred Madey USN
EM 3c Charles Defreytas USN
MOMM 1c Claude Roberts USN
Sea 1c Charles Vaughan USN


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