Rafael Celestino Benitez, USN
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|USS Halibut (232)||Lt.Cdr.||Submarine||15 Feb 1945||19 May 1945|
|USS Cochino (345)||Cdr.||Submarine||Jul 1949||26 Aug 1949 (1)|
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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)
- Sherry Sontag (1998). Blind Man's Bluff, PublicAffairs
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