PAUL W. PINSON, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Paul Pinson '44

Date of birth: January 20, 1922

Date of death: April 7, 1945

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

From the 1944 Lucky Bag:

Loss

1944 Pinson 1.jpg

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.

Paul has a memory marker in West Virginia. He was survived by his sister, Mrs. Frances Anne Pinson.


Class of 1944

Paul is one of 66 members of the Class of 1944 in Memorial Hall.