Benitez, Rafael, RADM

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1955-1957, USS Waldron (DD-699)
Service Years
1939 - 1959
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Home Town
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Last Address
Easton, MD

Date of Passing
Mar 06, 1999
 
Location of Interment
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Other Comments:
Was the Commanding Officer of the USS Cochino (SS-345) during what is considered the first special operation of the "COLD WAR" While operating in stormy seas off northern Norway she suffered a series of serious battery explosions that resulted in her loss on 26 August 1949.
   
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 Duty Stations
Submarine School Officers BasicUSS Dace (SS-247)Naval Ship Yard Philidelphia, PAUSS Trumpetfish (SS-425)
USS Cochino (SS-345)Naval Support Unit (NSU)/State Department, Washington, DCUSS Waldron (DD-699)
  1939-1939, Submarine School Officers Basic
  1944-1945, USS Dace (SS-247)
  1945-1946, Naval Ship Yard Philidelphia, PA
  1946-1948, USS Trumpetfish (SS-425)
  1949-1949, USS Cochino (SS-345)
  1952-1954, State Department, Washington, DC/United States Naval Mission (Cuba)
  1955-1957, USS Waldron (DD-699)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 USS DACE (SS-247) 5th War Patrol
  1944-1945 USS DACE (SS-247) 6th War Patrol
  1945-1945 USS DACE (SS-247) 7th War Patrol
  1949-1949 USS Cochino (SS-345) Sinking (Norway)1
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyGeorgetown University
  1935-1939, United States Naval Academy
  1948-1949, Georgetown University
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