PAUL W. PINSON, LTJG, USN
Paul Pinson '44
Date of birth: January 20, 1922
Date of death: April 7, 1945
From the 1944 Lucky Bag:
From Find A Grave:
Lieutenant, Junior Grade , Paul W. Pinson MIA/KIA Hometown: Williamson, West Virginia Ship: USS Cabrilla (SS-288) Service # 0-282865 Location: 41-40 N, 144-52 E, off Kurile Islands Cause: Lost overboard
Cabrilla made her seventh war patrol in vicious weather in the Kurile Islands of northern Japan.
Lieutenant JG Pinson was engaged in making repairs by order of the Commanding officer. The night was dark, the sky was overcast. A moderate sea caused the vessel to roll about five degrees to each side. Ice may have been on the deck, but none had been observed. Water temperature was 30 degrees F., air temperature, 32 degrees F. The deceased was walking aft toward the bridge. Shortly thereafter, the officer-of-the-deck heard him cry out. Recovery maneuvers were initiated at once. A search was unsuccessful. The deceased was dressed in heavy arctic clothing.
Cabrilla (SS-288) was launched 24 December 1942 by Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine; sponsored by Mrs. L. B. Combs; commissioned 24 May 1943 and reported to the Pacific Fleet. Her last patrol found her on lifeguard duty for aviators downed at sea while carrying out attacks on Japan.
Note: Entered the service from West Virginia.