Schneider, Earle Caffrey, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1943, USS Dorado (SS-248)
Service Years
1929 - 1943
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Beaufort, NC
Last Address
1200 Weatherby Dr
Los Angeles, CA

Casualty Date
Oct 12, 1943
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Atlantic Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
East Coast Memorial (Tablets of the missing) - Manhattan, New York
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Last Known Activity

Commissioned into service in the summer of 1943, USS Dorado conducted shakedown and training operations off the New England region of northeastern United States. On 6 Oct 1943, she departed for the Panama Canal Zone for the ultimate destination of Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. On 12 Oct 1943, a US Navy PBM Mariner aircraft operating out of Guantánamo Bay, Cuba detected an unidentified submarine and attacked her with three depth charges and one bomb; it was not clear whether the submarine was damaged; later in the patrol, the same aircraft encountered another submarine which fired on the aircraft. Later, an Allied convoy sailing through the region reported no contact with any friendly submarines. After Dorado had failed to arrive at the Panama Canal Zone on 14 Oct, air searches were launched, finding scattered oil slicks that later investigation found to be not of submarine fuel in nature. It was ultimately concluded that both of the submarine contacts that the US Navy PBM Mariner aircraft encountered on 12 Oct 1943 were indeed hostile (the second contact was later concluded to be German submarine U-214), and thus USS Dorado was most likely lost due to an accident or to a German naval mine.
LCDR Schneider was among the crew listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Service number: 072580
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Ranger (CV-4)NAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUSS Pompano (SS-181)
USS Trigger (SS-237)Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP)USS Dorado (SS-248)
  1933-1934, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1934-1937, USS Ranger (CV-4)
  1937-1937, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1937-1941, USS Pompano (SS-181)
  1941-1943, USS Trigger (SS-237)
  1943-1943, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP) Groton, CT
  1943-1943, USS Dorado (SS-248)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1929-1933, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 01, 1936, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Feb 01, 1941, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Oct 01, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
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World War II FallenWWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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