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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 descending Service Branch
EM 1c Alfred Madey USN
Cdr Elliott Marshall USN
LCdr William Mason USN
Sea 1c George Melvin USN
TM 2c Otto Moeller USN
RM 1c Henry Morgan USN
MM 3c Elmer Norris USN
EM 1c Cyril Novotny USN
RM 3c Melvin Odonnell USN
MOMM 1c Stanley Olsen USN
TM 2c Thomas Oneal USN
Lt(jg) Clinton Oneil USN
StM 2c Finon Perry USN
MOMM 1c Herman Pettigrew USN
RT 2c William Pilkinton USN
MOMM 1c Richard Powell USN
MOMM 1c Wiliam Raminski USN
Lt(jg) R. Rhimann USN
MOMM 2c John Rhodes USN
MOMM 1c Claude Roberts USN


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