Capano, Patsy, LT

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Last Rank
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 131X, USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68)
Service Years
1941 - 1944

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fall River, MA
Last Address
34 Bright St
Fall River, MA
(Parents~Mr & Mrs Vincent Capano)

Casualty Date
Oct 25, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Wall of the Missing (Cenotaph)

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2017, World War II Fallen
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, WW II Memorial National Registry

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Naval Aviator Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
VC-3 Iron ManUSS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68)
  1943-1944, 131X, VC-3 Iron Man
  1943-1944, 131X, USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Angaur
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 18, 1941, Service Entry Date & Enlisted Serial Number 400-99-48 under V-5 Program
  Jun 30, 1941, Reported for elimination flight training duty at Naval Reserve Aviation Base Boston (Squantum), MA
  Jul 25, 1941, Transferred to NAS Jacksonville, FL for further flight training
  Mar 17, 1942, Commissioned Ensign and Officer Serial Number 0-115004
  Apr 01, 1944, Promoted to LT
  Nov 20, 2017, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified

Name of Award
Navy Cross
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Patsy Capano (NSN: 0-115004), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Composite Squadron THREE (VC-3), attached to the U.S.S. KALININ BAY (CVE-68), and deployed over Samar in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea 25 October 1944. With his task forces under attack and in imminent danger of being destroyed by heavy enemy gunfire from an overwhelming force of hostile warships, Lieutenant Capano, piloting one of the first planes launched, immediately maneuvered to attack the leading heavy cruiser and, in bold defiance of the enemy's devastating anti-aircraft fire, scored three direct hits. Promptly joining a group of fighting planes when his bomb load was expended, Lieutenant Capano fought gallantly in the face of terrific opposition, making four determined staffing runs which resulted in considerable damage to the cruiser and effectively diverted the hostile fire from our attacking bombers and Torpedo Planes. By his superb airmanship, unrelenting aggressiveness and indomitable fighting spirit despite tremendous odds, Lieutenant Capano contributed immeasurable to the extensive damage inflicted on the Japanese Fleet and to the success of our task group in forcing the enemy to break off the engagement with minimum loss to our units. His great personal valor and tenacious devotion to duty throughout reflect the highest credit upon the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 340 (July 1945)
Action Date: October 25, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Air Squadron: Composite Squadron 3 (VC-3)
Ship: U.S.S. Kalinin Bay (CVE-68)
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