Frank Caprioli

Frank Caprioli
War World War II - Korean War
Branch U.S. Navy
Rank Petty Officer Second Class
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Direction West
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Plaque Number 19

Frank joined the Navy ahead of the draft after the attack on Pearl Harbor, HI. He had always had a love for sailing and watersports and figured the Navy was the best place for him. Much to his surprise, his first command was not onboard a ship but on land with ARGUS-14 Radar Unit in New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, and Ulithi where he operated 270 long-range radar units in hostile territory. He was then transferred to Gunners Mate school in Great Lakes, Illinois, and selected to commission the USS Helena (CA-75) where he served as a plank owner until the end of the war.

He was reactivated during the Korean War serving onboard the USS Diachenko (APD-123). Their mission was to escort underwater demolition teams on reconnaissance missions and raids at Wonsan.

He leaves behind a legacy of service over self and a lifetime of memories. He is survived by the love of his life, Patricia, and his children Chip, Christine, and Patrick. He has 8 grandchildren, 2 of whom went on to continue his legacy of service in the Coast Guard and Navy.

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