EUGENE S. CAPTAIN, ENS, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: May 7, 1922
Date of death: October 20, 1944
Age: 22

Lucky Bag

1945 Captain LB.jpg

From the 1945 Lucky Bag:

Eugene Samuel Captain

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

If Gene had not gone to Pitt and had not taken a cruise on the U. S. S. Charger, no one knows what he'd have talked about for the past three years. It is true that he always had room for sports chatter or a good laugh, even on himself, but Pitt and the Charger were in a class apart. Golfing shoes atop his locker gave away Gene's first love; but there were others, as the locker doors would testify. As a basketball referee Gene always kept the play clean, and in years to come he'll continue to "call them as he sees them" even if it hurts underneath.

Baseball 4; Battalion Golf 4, 3; Battalion Basketball 4; Log 1.

He was a member of the Regimental Staff (1st set).

The Class of 1945 was graduated in June 1944 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

Eugene was one of 62 crewmen lost when an air-launched torpedo struck USS Honolulu (CL 48) on October 20, 1944. The ship was screening the landing at Leyte Gulf at the time. Unable to determine what Eugene's billet in the ship was, or how long he had been aboard.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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