Rafael Celestino Benitez, USN

Born   1917

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Warship Commands listed for Rafael Celestino Benitez, USN

USS Halibut (232)Lt.Cdr.Submarine15 Feb 194519 May 1945
USS Cochino (345)Cdr.Submarine Jul 194926 Aug 1949 (1)

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Submarine USS Halibut (232)

27 Feb 1945
USS Halibut (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Benitez, USN) arrived in the Panama Canal Zone.

2 Mar 1945
USS Halibut (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Benitez, USN) departed the Panama Canal Zone for the Portsmouth Navy Yard.

11 Mar 1945
USS Halibut (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Benitez, USN) arrived at the Portsmouth Navy Yard for repairs and refit.

Submarine USS Cochino (345)

26 Aug 1949
While on clandestine operations USS Tusk (SS 426) and USS Cochino (SS 345) ran through a violent polar gale off Norway, and the jolting received by Cochino played their part in causing an electrical fire and battery explosion, followed by the generation of deadly hydrogen [chlorine] on 25 August. Defying the most unfavorable possible weather conditions, men of Cochino and USS Tusk fought to save the submarine for 14 hours, performing acts of skillful seamanship and high courage. A second battery explosion on 26 August made "Abandon Ship" the only possible order, and Cochino sank north of Norway in position 71.35N. 23.35E. All Cochino's men were rescued by the valiant Tusk who had lost seven of her own men in the attempt to save Cochino. (1)

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Blind Man's Bluff

Sherry Sontag


  1. Sherry Sontag (1998). Blind Man's Bluff, PublicAffairs

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