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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
QM 3c Perry Bragg USN
TM 3c John Maddox USN
TM 3c WIlliam Devine USN
LCdr Edward Robertson USN
SC 1c Curtis Vassar USN
Lt(jg) Richard Britton USN
F 1c John Lutley USN
TM 2c William Devine USN
MOMM 2c John Rhodes USN
Lt Roy Uhlmann USN
Sea 1c Ellis Brown USN
RM 3c William Lewitt USN
TM 3c Paul Dill USN
Lt(jg) R. Rhimann USN
TM 1c Erwin Steege USN
CRM Marcy Butler USN
MOMM 1c Edwin Lester USN
EM 2c Melvin Hicks USN
MOMM 1c Richard Powell USN
MOMM 2c Walter Stasik USN


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